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A Plumb Job
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Pembrokeshire College apprentice, Callum Lowe, got through to the final of the Engineering Skills Wales Competition at Coleg Sir Gar recently. According to one judge, this years’ competitors were of a very “high calibre”, making it an even tougher task to assess. However, after five hours of meticulous machining of a Plumb Bob, Callum triumphed taking home Silver.
Callum has progressed from entry level Engineering Engagement to Level one and two in Engineering, which coupled with winning the Guilds Livery Award and receiving the Engineering Student of the Year, has shown exactly what commitment can achieve. Callum is now an apprentice with Bartlett Engineering completing a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and will soon progress onto an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship. “From not having many qualifications to lots of qualifications, plus recognition for his hard work and all in three years is a great achievement,” said tutor Will Bateman.
Bartlett Engineering has a history of hiring capable youngsters via their apprenticeship programme, owner of Bartlett Engineering, Richard Scourfield, knows too well the importance of progression, “Some time ago we responded to local refineries who wanted CNC machining (Computer Numerical Control). At the time it was a gamble, but it paid off as we were the first in Pembrokeshire to move ahead the automation of machine tools and have subsequently trained, and are stilling training future engineers like Callum, to handle such specialisms,” said Richard.
Callum’s apprenticeship exposes him to many skills within manufacturing engineering, he operates several machines including; saws, lathes and machining and turning centres and has only two more years to go until he becomes a fully fledged machinist and CNC specialist. “I am really enjoying my apprenticeship with Bartlett Engineering and coming into the College every week, there is real camaraderie between the apprentices. My plan is to work and one day set up my own business,” said Callum.
“The Engineering department in Pembrokeshire College is very proud of Callum and his achievements, his dedication, hard work and results are exemplary for all learners to aspire to,” commented Head of Engineering, Hugh Roch.
If you are 16-18 years old and would like to find out more about manufacturing engineering why not attend our FREE summer school – running every Friday for five weeks starting 4 July 2014, 9am – 2pm at Pembrokeshire College. Call Admissions to find out more: 0800 9 776 788.