From Newburgh Precision to Hope Valley College via the AMRC – no wonder the apprentices were proud to work on the project.
A team of youngsters are refurbishing a lathe once used by one of the region’s most famous engineering companies before it is installed at the college to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Apprentices at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham leapt at the chance to do a real world job.
Chris Wain, an apprentice for Technicut, was appointed the project leader.
He said: “It’s going well and we are organised. We started properly by doing the paperwork and sorting out the permit to work, the risk assessment and the method statement. Once that was done we gave the lathe a deep clean and that uncovered some hidden faults.
“I’m enjoying gaining new experience in dealing with customers and suppliers and ordering replacement components and parts.”
David Smith, one of the trainers, said: “I’m really pleased by the professional attitude of the apprentices. They are learning the fundamentals of how a project should be delivered and this will stand them in good stead when they go back into the workplace.”
Hope Valley College engineering teacher Martin Streets said: “The lathe will enhance our facilities and allow us to offer an applied and relevant experience to our engineering and technology students at GCSE level and across the curriculum. We are delighted to be associated with the AMRC and Newburgh.”