Apprenticeship success stories at WCE
Many of our employees began their careers as an apprentice with WCE, including our Managing Director, here are just a few of our success stories.
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 WCE 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 allowed 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 as CNC Manager. 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 and I now have the role of Production Manager. 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.
I started my apprenticeship in September 2017 and spent the first year at Herefordshire Group Training, then I joined WCE and continued my training within the Toolroom. I progressed my skills on to CNC milling and lathe machines. Having developed these skills, I feel that I have become a valuable asset to the company.
I am currently completing my final year of my apprenticeship to gain a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing. I would love to continue to develop my skill set further and myself as an employee, as I know that this company will give me the possibilities to progress my career even further in the future.
My time at WCE began with work experience whilst I was at secondary school. I spent a week working around the different areas of the business to help me understand what it entailed. I really enjoyed the various sections, and loved my day as a designer!
Following this week, I stayed in touch with WCE, and was asked if I could work over the summer holiday. Having spent some time here, I felt settled and happy with where I was working. I was lucky enough to be offered an apprenticeship, which gave me a real focus throughout my last year at school.
I am currently in the second year of my Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship and am working in the drawing office, designing new products and improving older ones where possible. I really enjoy what I do, and look forward to progressing with my career.