Success Story - Richard Allen
The Level 2 Award in Welding and Fabrication course has helped adult learner Richard Allen become a better welder and employee for his company JS Burgess Engineering in Whaley Bridge, which is the UK’s largest independent stillage manufacturer. Richard said “The course was very helpful and the tutors were extremely friendly throughout the course, I also had a great laugh with the people taking part on the course too. I’ve learned how to do certain welds I could not have done or achieved before I had taken part in the course, and I would definitely take part in another one if I got the chance to in the future.”
The course provides a recognised industry qualification and is aimed at those seeking to build on their current knowledge, focusing on developing skills and techniques in several areas, including:
TIG welding (Tungsten Inert Gas welding)
MIG welding (Metal Inert Gas welding)
Health and Safety
Jonny Patoff, Managing Director at JS Burgess Engineering Limited, felt the investment in skills was vital in the future growth of the company “As a company we’re acutely aware that our staff are our greatest asset. Investing in upskilling our team – be they engineers on the shop-floor, or our operations or accounts team within the back-office – is something we feel is important, and it’s important to invest across a range of levels, to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to develop their skills.”
Success Story - Rachel Chell
From an early age Rachel was always a ‘hands-on’ type of girl who preferred getting her hands dirty to working in an office.
So it was no surprise when she left Cheadle High School to start an apprenticeship in Engineering at digger giant JCB. And, although she was the only girl in the workshop at Buxton & Leek College where she started her training, she never let that worry her and passed both her NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 courses in engineering with flying colours.
Rachel is currently working at JCB’s XP division in Cecily Mills, Oakamoor Road, Cheadle and there she’s involved in lots of research and development work, testing out new products and developing them further.
“I’ve never been one for fake nails and that sort of thing. I’m happier putting on my overalls and working on a lathe. So I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and the tutors at Buxton & Leek College have been brilliant.
“I’ve been attending college one day a week and I am treated no differently to the lads. I’ve learned how to turn metal on a lathe and use the milling machines and I’ve enjoyed the practical nature of the course so much that I want to take it further and aim to complete my Foundation degree.“
Take a look at our Engineering courses