WCE knows its team is its most valuable asset. Wye continues to invest heavily in training and has had an active apprenticeship programme running since 2010. Below are some stories from past apprentices and how the apprenticeship scheme has helped them progress in the company.
“I first started working at Wye Cylinder in 2010, as a machinist. I was taken on as an apprentice the same year which proved to be a fantastic move forward in my development. Within a year I had completed my CNC training and acquired an NVQ in mechanical engineering. In 2013 an opportunity arose to progress into the drawing office as a technical engineer where I have been ever since. Growing in this role has allowed me to get involved in more things in the company than I could have imagined before starting my apprenticeship.
I really enjoy the job and in particular the challenges it brings. This current role sees me producing the very drawings that I used to read as a machinist during my apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a fantastic first step into the rest of your career”.
“I first started work at Wye in 2010 as an agency worker, but quite quickly was taken on permanently and started my apprenticeship in 2011. In 2013 I successfully completed my NVQ in mechanical engineering and after that completed my HNC in 2015. I continued to progress and was made Team Leader in 2017, which allows me to play a key role in keeping our barfeed / milling section running as efficiently as possible. In 2019 I completed an ILM level 3 in leadership & management which has helped me with my new role and responsibilities.
The apprenticeship has given me a great foundation to develop myself as an engineer & team leader. Without the apprenticeship, I feel I wouldn’t have the skillset I have now”.
“I started working for WCE in 2011 in the assembly area building new cylinders which was a great experience, but I expressed my interest in moving into machine setting & programming. This happened very quickly and also led me to start my full machining apprenticeship in 2012. I gained my NVQ Btec diploma level 2 & 3 by 2016. In 2018 I was appointed team leader in my section which produces all major internal componentry for our cylinders. I also completed my ILM level 3 in leadership & management in 2019.
I feel the apprenticeship has helped give me a baseline to expand my skills, knowledge & experience. I really enjoy my work as it keeps me on my toes with all the various challenges that come my way”.