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After six years of training, Ieuan is flying high after finishing his apprenticeship and being offered a permanent position at United Aerospace.

A former Sir Thomas Picton pupil, Ieuan Walker joined Pembrokeshire College in September 2013 as part of the 14-16 engineering programme. After spending one-day a week in college, Ieuan knew that a career in engineering was the route he wanted to follow and went on to complete Level 2 and Level 3 Mechanical Engineering before securing an Apprenticeship with United Aerospace during which time he also completed the HNC in Engineering.

The only company of its kind in Wales, and one of only a handful in the UK, United Aerospace is a unique composites facility which specialises in concept development, detailed design and manufacture. During his apprenticeship Ieuan has been involved in numerous projects including designing the in-flight trays for commercial aircraft.

Working to precise engineering standards across a broad spectrum of high-end, low volume industries, Ieuan was the first apprentice to be taken on by United Aerospace. Now with an established partnership between the College and United Aerospace, engineering student Callum John will be following in Ieuan’s footsteps.

Following his offer of employment Ieuan commented: “The apprenticeship has been a really great experience. I have learnt so much about composites but I’ve also been able to put the mechanical knowledge that I gained at the College to good use as a tool-maker.

“I thoroughly enjoy the job and have been involved in some exciting projects that only a handful of people know about which makes the job even more interesting!”

College lecturer, William Bateman added: “It has been amazing to watch Ieuan achieve so much in six years. From a Federation school learner to now achieving qualifications in HE and being the first apprentice out of United Aerospace. Ieuan is a credit to the engineering department at Pembrokeshire College, illustrating the shop window of success – what can be achieved through hard work and determination.”