AESSEAL has received a national Princess Royal Training Award for its ‘outstanding’ training and development programme.

 It is the sixth award this year to recognize the Rotherham-based manufacturer of mechanical seals and support systems for the quality of its apprenticeship scheme and the outstanding apprentices it produces.

The award citation recognized the ‘unique dedication to developing their workforce’ of AESSEAL and the impact its bespoke Manufacturing Apprenticeship programme – run in conjunction with Rotherham College and Sheffield University – has had on tackling the engineering skills shortage in South Yorkshire and achieving commercial success.

The company recently invested £500,000 to double this year’s intake of apprentices to 40. Its apprenticeship programme won 2018 Made in Sheffield Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme Award and its apprentices Amber Nicholson, Nathan Wall and Ryan Morris have scooped awards this year, including two for Amber.

The Princess Royal Training Award, delivered by the City & Guilds Group, sets AESSEAL among top UK organizations including John Lewis and the Royal Air Force to be honored for their training excellence.

Announcing the award recipients, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said: “Once again, it is evidence of the very real benefits that investing in staff development can bring to employers, large and small, private, public and not for profit.

“At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and reduced investment into workforce development it is great to see critical business issues being addressed through impactful L&D. Through the Awards, we highlight excellent examples of training that have already proved to be effective and we encourage others to build on their success.”

AESSEAL will receive the Award from HRH Princess Royal at a ceremony in October.

 Julia Bloomer, Learning and Development Manager said: “AESSEAL invests not only in our apprentices but in all our employees. They are central to the success of the company.

“Our commitment to tackling the engineering skills gap has helped us develop a team of highly qualified and loyal colleagues. We’re extremely proud of our 97 percent staff retention rate.”

Notes to editors:

AESSEAL® is one of the world’s leading specialists in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals, bearing protectors, seal support systems and gland packing. AESSEAL® has 230 locations worldwide, supplying customers in 104 countries, and employs a global network of sales engineers and technical support specialists. It employs 1,776 people across the globe.

The Princess Royal Training Awards are now in their third year. Each of the 90 applications was assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised of HRH Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community.



Alison Garford

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