Jake Lindley admits he’s a changed person, since listening to his grandfather, who spent 40 years working for Tinsley Wire – now Betafence – in Sheffield.
Prior to that he hadn’t been all that interested in studying or bothered about future employment, but now he has set his sights on a job with Rotherham-based advanced manufacturing group MTL.
Jake, 15, was already studying engineering at Brinsworth Academy when he decided to seek a place on the Workwise Employability summer camp.
“I wanted to take part for the experience and to see what it leads to later in life and to keep me off the streets and stop me getting bored!” says Jake.
“Its different to school and to what I imagined – it’s all much bigger. I’ve done all sorts, working with the laser, machining, press and welding – welding is what I enjoyed most and what I want to do, I want to be hands on.”
Jake wasn’t sure he was going to enjoy the experience and says he signed up because his mother wanted him to. After two weeks at MTL he’s glad he took part.
“I’ve found the place I want to be in. I sort of knew what I wanted to do but didn’t know how to get there. Now I do. I now know what qualifications I need and need to be good with my hands and my brain.”