National Apprenticeship Week – Meet our Apprentices
It’s National Apprenticeship Week (8th – 14th February 2021) in the UK. This week aims to raise awareness of the opportunities and value apprenticeships bring, and how they can help individuals and employers build their future.
As part of the week, Flexicon have focused on their apprentices and the work they have achieved since embarking on the apprenticeship programmes:
Rio Birchnall joined Flexicon in September 2020 for his Technical Support Engineer apprenticeship and is spending his first year training at college. On Monday this week, Rio was interviewed on the regional evening news on TV to talk about his apprenticeship during Covid restrictions! He also featured on a promotional video for the college, his enthusiasm for Flexicon and the apprenticeship shone through. Rio has promised not to let the TV stardom get to his head and he will continue with his apprenticeship!
Sean Moore also joined Flexicon in September 2020 for his Machine Operator apprenticeship and is completing his first year training at college. Despite being a challenging year with Covid restrictions, Sean has been able to learn how to operate various machines such as Turning, Milling and CNC machines. He’s learnt how to turn metals down to make a hammer handle using a turning machine, how to change tools on a milling machine and how to write codes for CNC machines.
Sean says “the apprenticeship so far has been good I’m really enjoying it and I’m learning new skills that are going to help me in my future. I’m looking forward to using my skills in the working environment and come on site to be able to get involved.
Ryan Moore has worked at Flexicon for nearly 2 years. Shortly after joining the Company, Ryan expressed an interest in undertaking the Level 3 City and Guilds in Engineering. With the Company supporting his development, Ryan has attended Dudley College for one day per week during term time since September 2019.
This year, Ryan has covered various modules including lathe and milling theory, as well as mechanical fitting. Whilst Covid restrictions are in place, Ryan’s classes have been moved to online every week. Although this has got in the way of his practical learning, he’s been able to put some of the theory into practice whilst at work. Once Covid restrictions have eased, Ryan is hoping to be able to go back into college to sit his last few exams and finish his qualification in June this year.
Paul Mildenstein, Managing Director of Flexicon fully supports apprenticeships, “We see this as a great opportunity for both the Company and apprentices. We can learn from the theory they have gained at college, and they can apply their learnings in a hands-on practical environment. It is vital that we continue to invest in emerging talent to enable us to achieve our GET 2X talent goals.”