March 13, 2015
The regional operations director of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has come to visit us this week to gets some hands-on experience of modern day apprenticeships and support National Apprenticeship Week.
Andy Brown, who started his career as a Royal Air Force Apprentice, was in Blackburn to experience a “Day in the Life of” an engineering apprentice.
Leicester-based Mr. Brown joined one of our Project Control classes at our Blackburn HQ to learn, along with young project control trainees, how to use a 3D printer.
Thinking back on his own experience, he noted;
“Some things like basic hands-on skills are just the same as they were in my day. They are really important and apprenticeships are vital to the future of young people and industry, providing the skills needed and giving young people the opportunity to take those skills all over the world. That one reason why we highlight National Apprenticeship Week.
“When I joined the project control apprentices they were using a 3D printer to make new support brackets for Royal Blackburn Hospital.
“It was great to see the apprentices doing something practical and useful to help the local health service. However, it was a new and different world for me.”
Mr. Brown then went on to the shop floor and helped 17-year-old Sam Thompson make a handle for a tool box.
“I helped Sam make the handle for a tool box according to precise specification. It reminded me of my days as an RAF technician apprentice when I was 20, I had to do something very similar to the toolbox Sam was making.
“It’s all about working from precise drawings and specifications, marking up and getting things just right. I like to think I might have helped him with my experience.”
Sam said: “It was really nice of him to help me and he was a good listener. I’d definitely hire him.”
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