Engineering apprentices Callum Sharman and Liam Riley are the latest students from Trafford College to have been recruited by pioneering rail product manufacturers, Howells Railway Products Ltd in Wythenshawe.
The trainees will join existing Trafford apprentices Lewis Bird, Harry Purnell and Scott Edwards and have the opportunity to get to know around the latest machinery in what has become a showroom for Formula 1 sponsors and machine tool manufacturer Haas.
The apprentices will work with Alex Barnes, who was the first student to join the college’s education program through Howells four years ago. Alex plans to return to higher education at Trafford College this year after rising through the ranks of chief programmer during his education and taking international projects from test runs to the production phase.
Alex said, “I always feel like I can go to my teachers for help in college. An apprenticeship has really encouraged me to study independently and get additional certificates online. The next step for me is an HNC and one day I go into leadership. ”
Second year, Scott Edwards won Engineering Student of the Year with the college before joining Howells as an apprentice and finding his niche job at the $ 1.6 million manufacturing workshop. £, with floor-to-ceiling robotic laser welder, after exploring various departments during his apprenticeship.
Scott, who would like to be an engineer one day, said: “An apprenticeship through Trafford College really gives you the confidence to succeed. There are so many skills you can take from college and apply here, from drawings to hand tools and laser welding. ”
Due to the strong working relationship built between Howells and Trafford College, students benefit from training visits with company instructors as well as masterclasses on the use of machines by Howell’s staff.
Howells Quality Manager David Roberts said: “We have created a fantastic synergy with the College. We think it works really well. Trafford College provides the in-depth theoretical knowledge that we integrate with the practical. Under our working conditions, Trafford College has been fantastic. The staff really understand our needs as a company, and learning like this has been all the more important because of the pandemic. ”
Learn more about engineering and apprenticeships at Trafford College by visiting trafford.ac.uk