In August 2016 we were delighted to welcome Jack into the Company as an Apprentice Production Engineer. Jack had just completed a Level 3 BTEC in Engineering with Warwickshire College and had also gained hands-on experience with a leading supplier of clutches to the auto-sport industry.
“I didn’t want to go to university full-time, as I’d already dipped my toes into the world of work and really enjoyed it,” explains Jack. “CEWE came into my college to give a presentation and it sounded like a really great company. When I heard they were looking for an Apprentice I just had to apply!”
Following his application Jack was invited to an assessment centre. “It was quite a full-on day,” recalls Jack. “I was one of a number of candidates and, in addition to being interviewed, we had to complete psychometric tests and a practical engineering exercise. We were also given a tour of the production facility, which was fascinating! Although it was a long day, I left the assessment centre knowing that CEWE was 100% committed to finding the right person for the Apprenticeship. I was ecstatic when they called and offered me the job!”
Since joining the Company Jack has completed two placements. “My first placement was in Production,” explains Jack. “I learned about the different printers and machines and developed a really good understanding of the workflow. I’m currently completing a placement within the Maintenance Team, which is really testing my problem solving skills. When you’re taking things apart it’s crucial to keep a note of what you’re doing, otherwise it can be impossible to put them back together again!”
Jack attends college one day a week to study for a Level 3 qualification in Engineering Technical Support. As well as covering engineering theory, the course provides students with the opportunity to do ‘practicals’ and experiment in a safe environment. So far they have focused on electrical engineering, creating various circuits with lights and motors. They have also covered soldering and metal work.
When asked if he would recommend a CEWE Apprenticeship to others, Jack replies, “YES! When I look at what I can do now compared with six months ago I’ve learned so much. Every day’s different. If a machine breaks down then it can be a case of having to reprioritise everything. I’ve received loads of training. I’ve even gained a forklift truck licence! It’s not just about the training though. Everyone at CEWE is really friendly and supportive. I play football with my colleagues once a week, which just shows how well we get on!”