Newbow Aerospace is proud to operate an apprenticeship training programme which is now into its third year, with two apprentice engineers and more recently employed a graduate design engineer to strengthen their design capabilities.
A current apprentice with Newbow Aerospace, James joined in 2015 and is currently studying for an Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (HNC Pathway). Already successfully completed Levels 1-3, in September this year he has now commenced Level 4 which will be a 3 year course.
His apprenticeship combines college and practice-based training, allowing him to build his skills working at Newbow Aerospace’s facility in Redditch while gaining a recognised qualification.
To share his story, James explains why he decided to choose the Apprenticeship pathway:
Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship after leaving school?
I wanted to continue learning but earn at the same time my own income. An apprenticeship scheme allowed me to pursue that.
What has been the biggest challenges over the last 12 months?
The biggest challenge has been improving my mathematics associated with my college course.
What has given you the most job satisfaction over the last 12 months?
Working on large ground support equipment orders and completing them with the production team on time.
What has been your highlights working at Newbow Aerospace so far?
Visiting the aviation exhibition that was held in London. The senior management are keen for all employees, no matter what job status, to visit UK trade shows that the company is exhibiting at. I was fortunate to be invited to the show held in London which gave me a good insight into how big the industry is and how important the equipment is that Newbow Aerospace manufacture.
Tell me about the course you’re doing now?
I am currently doing a level 4 mechanical engineering HNC. The course primarily covers mathematics, mechanical properties, CAD and understanding different material properties.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I would like to progress to a higher job position where I can manage and deliver a high quality of engineering capability
Do you have any advice for other people thinking about an apprenticeship?
Consider what it is you want to do now and where you want to be in the future. Focus on this and have the commitment to see it through.
What is your favourite food?
A roast chicken and stuffing sandwich on fresh crusty bread
Favourite TV show?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to socialise with my friends, spend time with my girlfriend as often as possible as she is currently studying away in London and hit the gym when time permits.
Ron Wilson, Managing Director at Newbow Aerospace comments:
“The focus and investment towards current and future employees emphasises our commitment to company standards, skills, quality and ethos. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our apprentices for their dedication and hard work as they further their career at Newbow Aerospace.”