TDR is the main provider of the award-winning British Engines Apprenticeship+ scheme. Recognised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the scheme offers enhanced additional training with extra vocational and classroom experience.
TDR Training Coordinators were asked to nominate students who have excelled and stood out throughout their apprenticeships. Peter McGarrell, a coordinator for CMP Products put forward Nicholas, recognising him for his tenacity, commitment, and enthusiasm.
We spoke to Nicholas about winning the award and his time so far as an engineering apprentice at CMP Products:
Congratulations on winning TDR’s Apprentice of the Year Award! How does it feel to have won?
It feels really great to receive the award as it shows that my hard work has been recognised by others at CMP!
Can you tell us what you’re doing in your apprenticeship at CMP?
I am undergoing a Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering. I am now in the final year of my four-year engineering apprenticeship at CMP and have enjoyed every second of it, learning not only about the practical areas of the industry, but the academic side too.
My favourite thing about working at CMP is being able to just crack on with my job knowing that, whenever I am unsure about something, there is always someone there to give me advice.
What made you choose an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship was my first choice when I left school because you get to learn while getting paid. I’ve specialised in setting and operating various CNC machines, becoming more confident with what I do each day. In the future, I would like to progress within the company and learn how to operate even more complex machines, furthering my knowledge within my specialism.
How did you find the apprenticeship recruitment process and working with your assessor, Peter McGarrell?
The process has been great, from the recruitment stage to the support I have had throughout my apprenticeship. I have always been able to easily communicate with my assessor, Peter. He’s been great at helping me to complete my OneFile work and has always been there when I need advice or someone to point me in the right direction.
What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship at British Engines?
My advice is to stick at it, whether it’s academically or practically, as your efforts will be rewarded. Due to my hard work, I gained good BTEC grades which gave me the opportunity to do a Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC), which I have now nearly completed.
Nicholas’s manager Peter Hewitt, said: “Nicholas is now a vital member of our shop floor team. He has developed into a really good machinist and his attitude towards work is excellent. I have no doubt that he could have a really good career with CMP if he keeps up the good work.”
When asking his assessor what made him nominate Nicholas, he said: “Whenever I see Nicholas he is always smiling and has an enthusiastic attitude to learn. He asks lots of questions which are relevant to the job, and he also completes all his OneFile work on time and to a good standard. When I see him on the shop floor, I can tell he is liked, and that CMP are pleased with his progress and work ethic.”
On behalf of everyone at the British Engines Group, we would like to congratulate Nicholas on becoming TDR’s Apprentice of the Year. His determination, work ethic and eagerness to learn are a real asset to him and the business and we wish him all the best for the future!
Applications for the 2022 British Engines Apprenticeship+ scheme are now open. Click here to apply or find out more about the Apprenticeship+ recruitment process. Applications close at the end of April.