Greenfield Engineering were delighted to be invited to give a presentation to Year 10 and 11 students from Holsworthy Community College on the benefits of completing an engineering apprenticeship, and the fantastic career opportunities available to them at Greenfield Engineering.
The presentation was given by Training Manager Steve Killner, alongside fourth year apprentice and acting Bend Cell Team Leader Spencer Phillips. Spencer was particularly pleased to attend the event as a former student of Holsworthy College and was able to talk about his experiences of the apprenticeship scheme and have a look at how the college has changed since he left in 2009.
The students were shown video footage of the machines, equipment and manufacturing capabilities at Greenfield where the company boasts some of the most advanced machines in the sheet metal industry. The presentation also included a snapshot of just some of products that Greenfield have produced working with a vast array of customers across many industries including office furniture, point of sale displays, lighting, electrical enclosures and many more.
Engineering apprentices at Greenfield learn important life skills such as health and safety in the workplace, time management, communication skills and working as part of a team whilst gaining academic qualifications that stay with them for the rest of their lives. Students attend work for on-the-job training four days a week with the fifth day spent on day release at Petroc College where they study towards either level 2 City and Guilds or BTEC level 3 qualifications depending on their entry qualifications. Alongside the academic qualifications they also work towards NVQ level 3 in mechanical engineering. The scheme is managed by Group Training and Development whose NVQ assessor visits the apprentices on a monthly basis to track progress and ensure targets are being achieved.
Greenfield reintroduced the apprenticeship scheme 6 years ago and are extremely proud to boast no fewer than 7 apprentice of the year awards in the past 6 years!
The company are looking to employ 8 apprentices to start during the summer of 2016 and hope to see some students from Holsworthy College join us this year.