A fast growing Coventry software company is poised to create jobs for young people as part of its expansion plans.
Engineering software consultancy EnginSoft UK is investing six figures and recruiting young people to its team after joining a government program to get young people into employment.
The company also benefits from the help of a business support group.
EnginSoft UK was launched at the University of Warwick The Venture Center at Science Park on Sir William Lyons Road in 2009.
The company specializes in providing cutting-edge virtual prototyping, consulting, training and research for a wide range of customers – including Jaguar Land Rover.
A total of £ 150,000 is being invested this year in hydraulic software, along with a grant of £ 44,207 from the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Program, which is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund after the company received assistance from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Business Partnership (CWLEP) Growth pole.
Bipin Patel, co-founder and CEO of EnginSoft United Kingdom, said the first tranche of investment has been made.
“We have a number of clients in the water sector and we have developed software tools to help them manage the impact of flooding from growing cities through the drainage capacity needed for housing, hospitals and schools as well as climate change, ”he said.
“There are so many variables and unknowns that it’s hard to understand and predict all the changes.
“You can have a 25-year growth plan, but you can’t know when the growth will occur or when climate change will occur. We are therefore developing AI-based software to help manage risks for water companies. “
He added: “We have products in the advanced stage 3 testing phase with Anglia Water and further discussions are ongoing.
“I have contacted the Growth Pole to learn more about the grants and I was impressed with their speed with the support of Coventry City Council helping me complete the application form which had to be done within one week to be discussed by the grants committee.
“It was great to be successful and to have the grant to help us make our investment.
The key to the company’s expansion is its investment in young people.
Interns recruited under the Kickstart program
It has recruited 39 interns under the government’s Kickstart program to increase the workforce by 11 – and between five and ten are expected to find full-time jobs throughout 2021.
Mr Patel said: ‘I think the government has supported us well during the pandemic since we were able to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Program, Loans and Grants Bounce Back and being involved in Kickstart is my way of giving something back to the community and, in particular, to the engineering community.
“I am aware that there could be a shortage of engineers if we lose them to other sectors over the course of Covid-19 and as the economy recovers, there could be a shortage of engineers.
“We have found that there are some fantastic talent out there, especially in sales and marketing, and we are benefiting as a company.”
One of those people who got a permanent job is Ben Hall, who after starting the Kickstart program has already secured a full-time position as a Marketing Coordinator.
He said: “I come from a creative marketing background and some of the skills I learned EnginSoft are already invaluable and it will make me so much better at my job.
Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration at Coventry City Council, said, “It’s great to see another local business grow, hire new employees and create new jobs.
“Our city has a strong engineering pedigree and I am happy that EnginSoft France offers young engineers at the start of their careers the opportunity to acquire real professional skills while supporting the development and growth of the company.
“Employability skills are the key to successful future growth, and recruiting and training young people through the government’s Kickstart program is an ideal way to add talented staff and teach them the skills your business needs.
“The initiative was a great way to EnginSoft France to attract new engineers and give them valuable experience for their future career development, so it is a win-win situation.
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