TWI subsidiary The Test House has pledged its support to train the next generation of technicians and engineers by taking on four apprentices from a Cambridge further education college.
Hailing from Cambridge Regional College (CRC), the four young men at the beginning of their careers are learning vital knowledge and skills from The Test House's experienced personnel and getting the opportunity to work on projects from across industry.
The oldest, 23-year-old Dominic Sebastiani, had already completed a Level 2 qualification in engineering before joining The Test House.
'Since joining I've been on training courses to help with my progression as a machine engineer, in which I've learned how to use and run most machines in The Test House, from CNC mills to wire eroders,' Dominic explained. 'I feel like I'm progressing and am enjoying learning new skills and furthering my career prospects. Once my apprenticeship is complete I plan to stay on working for The Test House, continually improving my skills as a machine engineer.'
Like Dominic, 17-year-old Jarrod Greenwood hopes to continue working at The Test House after he has finished his studies. Mainly working with lathes and mills to manufacture one-off parts for customers both within TWI and from client companies, in the future Jarrod plans to capitalise on TWI's support for students by entering higher education through the company.
Half-Dominican, half-English Cambridge resident Jackson Housden-Vasquez is focusing on non-destructive testing for his apprenticeship. Studying mechanical engineering at CRC, Jackson has already qualified in basic radiation safety and is set to build on this in 2016 by attending courses on magnetic particle, penetrant and radiographic testing.
'I came to The Test House after a friend who also worked here told me about the life-changing opportunities that are available, from education though to travel,' Jackson said. In the six months he has been with the company, the 19-year-old has already worked on projects for major aerospace and defence clients, as well as Formula One teams.
'I am finding my time here extremely rewarding and beneficial,' he continued. 'Thanks to The Test House, I am gaining professional qualifications and hands-on experience. After I complete my apprenticeship I intend to further my qualifications and knowledge, and hopefully climb the company ranks.'
That drive to succeed is shared by 22-year-old Daniel Goulden, an apprentice metallurgist from Manchester who moved to Cambridge for the opportunity at The Test House. Affiliated with both CRC and Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form College just outside Manchester, Daniel is enjoying his time at the company and life in Cambridge.
'I chose to come to The Test House because I had always wanted to work for a company that allows progression and lets people play a real part, rather than just turning up every day and doing the same thing,' he explained.
'I am enjoying my time here. Cambridge is a lovely place to live and TWI is the best company I have worked for in terms of how they look after their staff and approach situations. Working for one of the most prestigious companies in the world in their field of expertise also makes me feel proud, which makes me want to work harder to prove that I deserve to be here.
'After my apprenticeship I intend to stay here as a permanent member of staff and slowly work my way up through the company. I believe that it's something I'm capable of doing with hard work and persistence, and hopefully I can make it happen in time.'
With support from some of the most respected and experienced engineers working in the sector, the four apprentices based in The Test House could not be in a better place to forge successful careers.
The Test House has been delivering testing services in the East of England for more than 25 years. For more information visit www.thetesthouse.co.uk.