Jake contacted Newland when he was in year 10 at West Hill High School.
He was hoping to arrange a week’s work experience with us.
From this first conversation Jake’s initiative and ambition were obvious.
Jake completed his one week’s work experience in the fitting department.
The following week Jake travelled to Uganda with school as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Whilst in Uganda, Jake helped to build a local school. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in Africa.
Whilst in his final year at West Hill, Jake made contact with us again, to enquire if there was a possibility of him joining us as an apprentice. We were very keen for Jake to join us as a permanent member of our team. Jake is now approaching the end of his first year’s training which has been facilitated by The Skills Company and takes place at Tameside College in Ashton-Under-Lyne.
Friday 19th May saw the official opening of Tameside College’s Advanced Technologies Centre by Mr. Brian Holliday, Managing Director at Siemens UK. The facilities in the centre are second to none and students are extremely privileged to study there.
Jake has been working alongside one of our fitters and more recently with our electrical engineer.
Once his mechanical engineering qualification is complete, Jake will then move on to an electrical course. Jake’s ultimate goal is to work as a service engineer for Newland, travelling the length and breadth of the country as well as overseas.
Having now passed his driving test (first time) Jake is ready to accompany one of our experienced Service Engineers building his experience before working alone.
We wish Jake all the very best in his first year examinations at college and have no doubt that he will continue to be an important asset to Newland for many years to come.
Since inception of the Company, Newland have realised the value of apprenticeships.
Our longest serving fabricator and two senior managers joined the company as apprentices in the 1970s.