This week it’s National Apprenticeship Week! Here at MTE we recognise that all our apprentices play a vital part in contributing to the success of the company. We offer varied opportunities which allow apprentices to get involved and play key roles in major MTE projects whilst learning and gaining support from our experienced engineers. As well as been given the opportunity to gain practical on the job experience, all apprentices continue with education and gain valuable qualifications which help unlock fantastic future career opportunities.
MTE currently have 9 apprentices in technical and craft roles. Our Technical apprentices are given the opportunity to get involved within live project teams developing general arrangement drawings, shop drawings and the production of other fabrication documentation using both AutoCAD and Inventor software. MTE’s Craft apprentices experience the complete manufacturing process from receipt of materials through to the final inspection and loadout of finished goods including material preparation, assembly, welding and preservation of fabricated structures made from various grades of carbon steel, stainless steel and duplex steel. Take a look at some of MTE’s apprentices and their apprenticeship experiences:
Technical Apprentice, Chloe Reeves said: “ My apprenticeship at Mech-Tool Engineering has been outstanding. I have developed a wide range of skills and knowledge within engineering and gained confidence within my ability to work on some major projects. Working amongst a team of experienced engineers has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in AutoCAD and Inventor software as well as improving my communication skills and confidence.
My biggest achievement throughout my apprenticeship was winning apprentice of the year, this was through delivering a presentation on how to improve the productivity of the company. As part of my apprenticeship I’ve also been given the opportunity to gain qualifications, I went to college full time for the first 6 months and completed my Level 2 in Fabrication and Welding. I also completed my BTEC Diploma Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering and I am now doing my HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Overall, I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship experience and I’m excited for my career ahead!”
Technical Apprentice, Bailey Oliver said: “ Throughout my apprenticeship at MTE I have worked in various job roles with lots of different people! I started my journey as a welding apprentice in 2015 and knew that I really enjoyed engineering and that it’s a great career path but wanted to try a different route. I therefore became a commercial apprentice and loved working in the office alongside my mentor where I got the opportunity to work on some key projects such as ABB and Atlas Copco gaining great experience for my future.
In 2016 I then got the opportunity to start a new apprenticeship as a technical apprentice, I started college full time for 6 months to complete my Level 2 in Fabrication and Welding, I then completed my BTEC in engineering and I am currently studying towards my HNC. I have gained lots of knowledge in engineering throughout my apprenticeship at MTE, all whilst enjoying my time and looking forward to coming to work! I’m always happy to be learning new things and gaining new skills for the future and MTE has given me the opportunity to do so.”
Craft Apprentice, Leo King said: “I am coming towards the end of my four-year apprenticeship at MTE which has been challenging but has allowed me to develop some extremely useful practical skills which have given me the ability to assist in the manufacture for some of our major projects and products. Working with experienced fabricators over the course of my time at MTE has improved my knowledge in the fabrication industry and given me the confidence to work as an individual, but more importantly as a team.
Some of my greatest achievements whilst being an apprentice here is passing my welding codes and gaining my NVQ in Welding and Fabrication. My apprenticeship has given me a good start to my career and will open lots of doors for my future which I am very thankful for, I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Technical Apprentice, Aaron Kirby said: “Throughout my apprenticeship at MTE I’ve gained key experience in engineering! Working alongside experienced engineers has helped me tackle problems and perform to a high standard, through their mentoring and transferring key knowledge, I feel I’ve also become increasingly more confident which has helped me take on more responsibility and apply my knowledge to projects as I’ve gone through the apprenticeship.
My greatest achievement during my apprenticeship has been given the opportunity and to be trusted to take the lead, on smaller live projects from an engineering standpoint. This helped me gain additional experience as I was exposed to all of the elements involved in working on a project. During my apprenticeship I’ve also acquired a Level 2 qualification in Fabrication and Welding, BTEC diploma level 3 in Manufacturing Engineering and currently working towards an HNC qualification in Manufacturing Engineering. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship at MTE and hope to keep developing the many skills the company has helped me gain and continue to contribute to the success of the company.”