Merlin launches new Engineering Academy

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Merlin Entertainments has launched a new apprenticeship programme called the Merlin Engineering Academy.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the UK, the academy will initially be focused on British workers.

Merlin said the scheme offered an “unparalleled platform for nurturing the theme park engineers of tomorrow”.

12 apprentices have been taken on this year, with a view to expanding numbers in future years.

Registrations of interest for the academy’s 2024 cohort are open now.

The IET’s Dan Canty said accreditation meant that the academy would maintain “standards of quality, content, support and assessment against an internationally recognised framework.”

Merlin said it would also use the academy to offer training programs “specifically designed to empower” its existing engineers. 

The move follows recent threats of strike action by Chessington World of Adventures engineering staff in April this year.

Action was eventually called off after a deal was agreed between park operator Merlin and the Unite union.