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  • Apprenticeships Success Stories

Success Stories

Whether you're 16 and just leaving school or you are wanting to retrain and develop new skills, there are many choices to be made for your future career with an Apprenticeship.

Here are some examples of what can be achieved through the Apprenticeship scheme.

Chelsea Griffin - Welding

Chelsea awarded top prize by Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ)

Chelsea awarded top prize by Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ

Chelsea Griffin, a Welder training at the Grimsby Institute and working for Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ), was recently awarded the trophy for Apprentice Engineering Technician of the Year for 2014 during the Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ) Apprentice Engineering Technician & Recognition Awards 2014; the first female to win this prestigious award since its inception in 2006.

The event was held at the Great Grimsby Town Hall with special guests including The Worshipful Mayor & Mayoress of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire and Squadron Leaders David Montenegro and Harry Raja from the internationally renowned Red Arrows.

Yvonne Day, Resources & Development Director UK said, “We were extremely privileged to have the Red Arrows at our event and they brought their prestige to encouraging everyone into engineering; they are our Country’s national treasure and were an inspiration to all on the evening. All four nominees were outstanding, which made it quite a task for the independent panel to reach a decision.

“Chelsea is a worthy winner, who shows a pride, commitment and professionalism in everything she does and this whole event shows how our continued investment in training young people pays off. We need a new generation of talent entering the world of engineering and construction, and we are committed to making sure young people today get the opportunities they need to realise their full potential.”

Nigel Carlton, CEO UK commented "Since 2006, we have recruited our Apprentices via the ECITB, who go that extra mile to help our Apprentice Technicians progress. I was delighted to be able to meet so many of our young engineers at the Apprentice Technician Awards tonight - it is the drive and ambition that we celebrated here that will, in the years ahead, help us thrive as a business."
Danielle Cook - Lilly’s Tea Room

Local Tea Room gives thumbs up for Apprenticeships

Danielle Cook  - Lilly’s Tea Room

Popular Keelby-based Tea Room, Lilly’s Tea Room, recently decided to put seventeen-year-old member of staff, Danielle Cook, through an Apprenticeship with the Grimsby Institute as they look at expanding and offering bed and breakfast and even cookery and craftworks.

Sue Hodds, the owner of Lilly’s Tea Room, opened the business four years ago in Laceby which has now moved to larger premises in Keelby. Sue explained how Danielle, a former pupil at Caistor Yarborough School, currently works in the kitchen and waitressing. Sue said:

“Danielle started working for me part-time and that gradually built up to more hours. I suggested that she should consider getting some qualifications and she started looking around at different Apprenticeships and she contacted the Institute to see what they were offering. I was keen to use the Institute because I trained there as a Chef. This gives her a qualification while working in the kitchen and getting on-the-job training.”

Sue hopes that Danielle will soon be running the kitchen herself - she is already doing the ordering and deciding what specials will be on the menu. Sue continued: “Danielle will also be running her own Pudding Club in the coming months - whatever I ask her to do she is always enthusiastic about it.”

“I’ve got a lot of people working for me who’ve all got different skills, who haven’t necessarily got qualifications. Having an Apprentice keeps us up-to-date with new things. It’s a while since I trained and I’m a bit outdated but Danielle has passed things back that she has learnt.”

Danielle, who has recently been learning about food hygiene, temperature, what the rights of Chefs are and different skills like filleting chicken and fish, said:

“If I hadn’t gone to the Grimsby Institute I don’t think I would have been able to do any of this. One day I’d like to move to Australia, I’ve got family out there, and open my own tea room there. When I left school I didn’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing now. It’s easier to learn this way because you are not bomabarded with work and you can take it at your own pace.

“My assessments are done using Smart Assessor, which means I can keep in contact with my Assessor even when I’m not at the Institute, and it’s easy to see what work I’ve done and what work I’ve still got to do.”

Now Sue is looking at offering special cookery and craft classes in a new venture, Lilly’s Teach Room, where they will be offering children’s and adult classes in basic cookery, holding dinner parties, cake decorating, Indian cookery and cooking for men.

Garret Busby, Danielle’s Assessor from the Grimsby Institute, added: “Danielle continues to be an example of an outstanding Apprentice; her willingness to learn and develop, not only at her work place but at college, is excellent.

“She has the ability to learn and develop new skills, techniques and methods in an unflappable and enthusiastic manner and is currently attaining near perfect grades in all forms of assessment. She is a credit to both Lilly’s and the Institute.”
Jamie Acs – Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Airedale International apprentice Jamie Acs celebrates a string of firsts

Airedale International apprentice Jamie Acs celebrates a string of firsts

The service division of British cooling systems manufacturer, Airedale International, is currently celebrating its first apprentice to achieve a degree in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering.

Not only that, but Service Technical Support Engineer, Jamie Acs, one of four learners representing Airedale at the Grimsby Institute on a day release programme, has proved to be a model student achieving no less than a first class BSc Honours, the only learner in his year to achieve this classification.

Adrian Trevelyan, UK Service Manager for Leeds-based Airedale said: “When he embarked on his training programme we deliberately did not set an end goal, instead giving Jamie the option to progress as far as he wanted. Achieving the accolade of the first Airedale employee to receive a BSc (Hons) in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering has surpassed our expectations.”

Jamie is an integral member of Airedale’s 55-strong service and spares division whose technical support staff and field service engineers provide 24/7 coverage to data centre, industrial, retail and public sector customers nationwide. Like his colleagues, Jamie is expected to hold advanced technical knowledge in order to provide the highest levels of support to customers and site engineers.

Having specialised in mathematics and the sciences at school, Jamie joined Airedale in 2008 because he was attracted to a career in engineering and the opportunity to earn a full-time salary while working towards a degree. His apprenticeship has seen him grow both his technical understanding and commercial skills to take on extra responsibility for key accounts and project-managing Airedale’s bespoke controls upgrades. He learned the news midway through a trip to the USA via a phone call home from the Grand Canyon.

Airedale’s HR Director, Steve Joyce said. “Our Apprenticeship Scheme works exceedingly well, with all but one of our recruits having stayed within the business, some moving from technical into commercial and managerial roles. I think this success is due to the fact that trainees have a very clear career path which allows them to work their way through the business and are given the support they need to achieve the right balance between working and learning.”
Keith Fenwick - Engineering Construction

Keith Fenwick named Hotcourses Apprentice of the Year

Keith Fenwick named Hotcourses Apprentice of the Year

A mature Apprentice training on an Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) programme at the Grimsby Institute, Keith Fenwick, successfully beat Apprentices from across the UK to be crowned the first-ever Hotcourses Apprentice of the Year.

The Hotcourses Apprentice of the Year Awards were introduced by to recognise how important Apprenticeships are to the UK economy and how hard Apprentices work.

42-year-old Keith has been training with IRISNDT UK, a supplier of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) services based in Immingham, and on an ECITB programme with the Grimsby Institute at the Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence – Humber (CATCH), after coming to a crossroads in his life that saw him seeking a new career. Keith explained:

“My dad passed away and then I took redundancy from my job as a Telecommunications Installer. I then set up my own business but, because of the recession, it proved really difficult. I did some research and found out about Apprenticeships. I completed an application and then forgot about it.

“Suddenly I found myself unemployed, two days later I got a call saying I’d been accepted for an Apprenticeship and could get funding from North East Lincolnshire Council. It was like it was supposed to happen. I enjoy everything about the Apprenticeship, it’s like my thirst to learn has been awoken.

“It was just amazing to be nominated for the award. It’s done more for my career than I ever thought possible. I just love doing what I’m doing. Up to six months ago everything was a massive struggle. I can’t believe that I’ve actually won this award. I didn’t even know what Phased Array or Ultasonic Testing, both specialist areas in NDT, were six months ago, now to think that I could be doing it for my career is incredible.”

The judges for the competition were Mark O'Donoghue - Managing Director of Hotcourses, Jade O'Donoghue - Web Editor of Hotcourses, Richard Marsh from the National Apprenticeship Service, Tricia Hartley from Campaign for Learning and Virginia Issac from Inspiring Futures.

Mark O'Donoghue, who headed up the judging panel, said: “We were really impressed by Keith's entry and the fact that he had been asked to apply by his tutors. We think he's a genuine role model for younger students and we admire the brave decision he took to go down the Apprenticeship route later in life.”

Roman Kyrnyckyj, Director of IRISNDT UK, said: “We are very proud of Keith’s achievement. He came to us when we interviewed him as a mature Apprentice and he was firmly committed to changing his career, which was a bold move. We are really pleased for Keith and he is going to have a great career with us. We are already planning more training and the news has been welcomed by our head offices in Canada and the US.”
Liv Allott - Hair Stylist

Grimsby Institute Apprentices prove they’re a cut above

Grimsby Institute Apprentices prove they’re a cut above

Local boutique salon, The Hair Studio, has been spreading the word about Apprenticeships, after they have recently started working with the Grimsby Institute on ensuring the Hairdressers of tomorrow are getting just the training they need for a long, successful career.

Seventeen-year-old Liv Allott, a former pupil at Humberston School, originally decided to take the A Level route, but quickly realised she preferred a practical approach to learning, and applied for an Apprenticeship in Hairdressing. Liv explained:“All of my friends we’re at the Grimsby Institute and they were telling me how good it was and how much work they were getting done and I realised it was time for a change. I want be a qualified Hairdresser and you learn more being on the shop floor, observing how everyone works, rather than being sat in a classroom.

“I shampoo, make clients’ refreshments, make appointments and I help with blow drying and putting colours on - I’m learning how to do things the salon way. I go to the Institute one day each week and learn things like how to do sets, and then I come back to the salon and practice them.

“I really enjoy what I’m doing and I find that when I enjoy something it makes it easier. I love learning now because I enjoy it.”

One of The Hair Studio’s Stylists, Scott Smith, added: “When Liv asks us questions about what we’re doing it’s nice to be able to take a step back from what we’re doing and remind ourselves of how we got the skills we now have in the first place.”

Stephen Campbell, owner of The Hair Studio, located within the Oasis Health Club in Grimsby, trained as an Apprentice himself at the Grimsby Institute almost thirty years ago. Stephen then worked in Grimsby for twenty years before spending a year in London and then returning to open his popular salon, The Hair Studio.

Stephen said: “From what I’ve already seen the Grimsby Institute is really on our wavelength and the training that Apprentices receive, both here and at the Institute, is going to marry together well. The hands-on approach to learning is the way I learnt and it’s stood the test of time.

“We’re now taking a Saturday girl on in September and she will train through the Institute and we’re possibly looking at taking another on. If anyone out there is thinking of taking an Apprentice on I’d tell them to just do it! It’s the best way, as an employer, of making sure that the future of the industry is going to get the correct training in the right way.”
Luke Sherwood - Metalwork

Luke Sherwood wins Gold at UKSkills

Luke Sherwood wins Gold at UKSkills

Nineteen-year-old Luke Sherwood, a Level 3 Fabrication Apprentice, has been named as the national champion of Construction Metalwork at the UKSkills competitions, recently held at Birmingham NEC, and could even be selected to compete in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Luke lives in Wrawby, near Brigg, and decided to train for an Apprenticeship through the Grimsby Institute, having secured a job as a Vehicle Bodybuilder and Fabricator with his employer, G Broughton & Sons. Hardworking Luke initially gaining a Saturday job with the company following a weeks work placement while he was still at school.

Luke said: “I was approached by the tutors at the Institute who asked if I wanted to compete. I’m quite a competitive person and I really wanted to do it. The Regional Heat was held at the Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence – Humber (CATCH) and when I found out I’d got through to the final I had about eight weeks to prepare. I would sometimes stay behind and do extra work with the tutors to help me get ready.”

During the Regional Heat Luke was tasked with creating the base for a model crane in 7 ½ hours and for the final the task was to complete the crane with the arm and rig in 14 hours. Luke was also invited to attend a Masterclass, held for the competitors by the Head Judge, which gave them tips on how to be successful at the Final.

“There were a lot of involved like reading and understanding the drawings and marking out. I then had to fold the metal and then use welding skills to finish the job off. The hardest part for me was the thermal cutting, because it had to be so neat, and then working to such fine tolerances within the time constraints.”

“It was an amazing experience. Without the Institute none of this would have happened, the tutors have really helped me a lot and even stayed back and worked extra hours to help me, teaching me things that I didn’t know, and that’s what helped me do so well. I feel really proud to be number one.”

In November this year Luke will be undergoing the selection procedure for a place in the WorldSkills competitions in Abu Dhabi.

Sam Campbell - Fabrication & Welding

Sam Campbell named ECITB Apprentice Technician of the Year – Yorkshire and Humberside

Sam Campbell named ECITB Apprentice Technician of the Year – Yorkshire and Humberside

Eighteen-year-old Fabrication & Welding Apprentice, Sam Campbell, was named as the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) Apprentice Technician of the Year in the ECITB’s annual awards ceremony, held in London.

Sam, a former pupil at Vale of Ancholme in Brigg, currently lives in Worlaby near Scunthorpe, and trained for the first year of his Apprenticeship with the Grimsby Institute at the Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence – Humber (CATCH) facility in Stallingborough.

Sam, who hopes to one day become a Senior Welding Inspector, said: “I originally attended an Open Evening at CATCH three years ago and then applied for an Apprenticeship with Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ. I wanted to do an Apprenticeship because I wanted hands-on experience and that’s what I’ve got. Being recognised on a regional level like this gives me a sense of purpose and meaning. I’m really over the moon to have won.”

Yvonne Day, Human Resources Director UK at Cofely Fabricom GDF Suez, added: “Ten years ago there wasn’t the same level of investment in Apprenticeships. Now that we are experiencing a skills gap in the industry we needed to tap into the marketplace.

“It’s not just about seeing the potential when young people come out of school. You have to see it when they are in school – the thirteen and fourteen-year-olds. We want to develop people like Sam into the industry. He is an absolute shining star and a credit to the business.”

Sam was also awarded by Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ as their Apprentice of the Year, in their annual awards in December 2013, and Yvonne explained how Sam career could soon be seeing him climb the ladder to success:

“One of our Lead Engineers, Dave East, was the first ever Grimsby Institute Apprentice to be awarded by us. Eight years later he’s a Lead Engineer so it just goes to show how far you can get in eight years. It’s not just down to Sam and the organisation, it’s also down to people like James Danby and the Grimsby Institute.”

James Danby, Grimsby Institute’s Head of Industrial Programmes, added: “The commitment by Sam has been mirrored by Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ and that does the company a lot of good, that is the reason why they are seeing so much success with young people.

“Sam’s an excellent young man and his career is going to go from strength-to-strength. I’m immensely proud of Sam and so are all of his tutors. We are looking forward to seeing him go right to the top at Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ.”

Graham Carlton, Resource Development Manager for Cofely Fabricom GDF Suez, is in charge of ensuring Apprentices and other employees get the correct training: “The caliber of applicants for Apprenticeships is now very high and I’m responsible for seeing them all the way through their qualification; from their first year at CATCH to the end of their qualification.

“For those that want to go further, we nurture them and, if they are the correct candidates, we can see them through to Engineering HNCs, ONCs and even on to Nuclear Programmes. We look after the full career journey. Sam’s been successful because he’s shown commitment, he wants to do well and he has the desire to succeed.”
Sam Mortimer - Brickwork

Sam Mortimer builds his skills at Matchfit

Sam Mortimer builds his skills at Matchfit

Eighteen-year-old Sam Mortimer, an Apprentice with APS Builders, who trains at the Grimsby Institute, won 1st Place in Intermediate Brickwork at the Matchfit competitions.

The Matchfit Competitions, run by a team at Bradford College, aim to motivate and improve the skills of students and employees; bringing their talents to life. The competitions are funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund via the Skills Enhancement Fund operated by Calderdale College.

Sam, a former learner at St Andrew’s College, now the Holy Family Catholic Academy, explained why he chose the Apprenticeship route and entered the competition:

“I decided to apply for an Apprenticeship because I thought it was the best way for me to improve my skills and earn money while I was learning. It lets you build up your skills and knowledge of working onsite and with experienced bricklayers.

“For Matchfit we were given a plan of a model and then we had to build it. It was like a flowerbed with a soldier art and soldier courses, a lot of technical work. It took me six hours to build it and I was confident that I’d done well. I feel really happy to have won.”

Sam’s Tutor, Brett Vauvert, added: “Matchfit is really good for our learners because it prepares them to go on to bigger scale competitions like SkillBUILD, which takes place across the UK. It’s really helped to build Sam’s confidence. He already had the skills he needed to do well, but this has shown him how those skills can really help him to succeed and given him the confidence to go even further.”

David Potts, Curriculum Leader for Building Studies, said “We’re really proud of Sam’s achievements and he is a shining example to our other learners of how hard work and dedication during competitions can really pay off and put your name out their on a national platform.”

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