AS part of the continued drive to address the skills gap within the engineering sector, Harwin has formally opened its Apprentice Training Hub, along with a new state-of-the-art R&D Centre.

Located at the company’s Portsmouth headquarters, construction and kitting out of the unit that will house both these operations has been completed and they are now ready to be staffed.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the current Astronomer Royal, astrophysicist Professor Lord Martin Rees. In attendance were leading representatives of the scientific community, such as the geneticist Dr Stephen Oppenheimer, as well as local dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

From this September onwards, those joining the company’s apprentice programme will benefit from ultra-modern, fully-equipped facilities that are certain to provide an enhanced environment in which to develop their engineering skills. Likewise, the R&D division is going to have access to cutting-edge resources that will significantly accelerate product development cycles.

“Offering apprenticeships has long been at the heart of Harwin’s recruitment strategy, and has allowed us to build and nurture an exceptional workforce. At any point, on average, twenty percent of our employees are involved in some form of personal advancement programme,” states Damon de Laszlo, Chairman of Harwin. “Through continuous investment in training, we are ensuring that we have the engineering expertise necessary to create highly productive teams capable of addressing future challenges.”

“In addition, the R&D Centre is pivotal to our programme of developing next generation technologies to serve the ever-changing global electronics market, giving us the product differentiation needed to keep us at the forefront of interconnect technology,” he concludes.

About Harwin

Harwin is renowned worldwide for producing high reliability interconnect solutions that can deal with the most exacting of application demands – attending to the defence, aerospace, space, industrial, oil/gas and motorsport sectors. Over the course of the last 65 years, the company has continued to set new benchmarks in terms of innovation, automation and service, through ongoing investment in advanced equipment and the training of its staff. Harwin’s team of highly skilled engineers have been responsible for developing an impressive array of ‘must not fail’ connector products that outperform the competition. These include the Gecko (1.25mm pitch), Datamate (2mm pitch), Mix-Tek (combined signal, power and coax) and high temperature M300 (3mm pitch) product lines. In addition, the company offers easy-to-implement EMI/RFI shielding solutions, a comprehensive portfolio PCB hardware (spacers, links, bridges, terminals, test points, etc.) and a broad range of industry standard connectors. All these products are available with short lead times via its extensive sales and distribution network. Harwin’s global reach enables it to respond rapidly to customer needs, with sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, the USA, Germany, France and Singapore. For more information, visit:

 For more details contact:

Ben Green – Head of Marketing, Harwin

Tel: +44 2392 314 532

Agency contact:

Rachel Sandeman – Account Director, Publitek

Tel: +44 2038 136 425