Borders College

1st year Engineering apprentices tell us their story

Farne Salmon and Trout currently employ 5 Engineering Apprentices ranging from 1st year through to 4th year.  20 year old Damian Clowes and 18 year old Lewis McLachlan are mid-way through their 1st year but both had very different routes leading them to their apprenticeships.

Lewis successfully secured his apprenticeship on completing his 6th year at Eyemouth High School.  Initially he had hoped to become an engineer in the Navy, however after suffering a rugby injury his dream of joining the forces was no longer an option.  Not letting this deter him, he had heard that Farne Salmon were currently recruiting Engineering Apprentices so quickly submitted a letter of application... ...and the rest is history!

Damian on the other hand did not start his apprenticeship direct from school, and in fact spent 12 months working in a production role within the company before starting his apprenticeship last year.  When Damian relocated to the Borders from his hometown of Stoke, his priority was to gain full time work which he successfully gained through his production role.  However, during a routine one to one with Training Manager Ros Hall, Damian indicated that he would be keen to develop his career in an engineering direction, so was encouraged to apply for this apprenticeship when it came up soon after... ...again the rest is history!

Both Damian and Lewis really enjoy working at Farne and more importantly enjoying being paid to learn!  They really enjoy the practical side of working in the factory, but both realise the importance of gaining the overall qualification.  Damian commented ‘I really enjoy both the challenge and the job satisfaction from getting the lines back up and running’ and Lewis commented ‘all of the engineers we work with are really supportive, and most have been apprentices themselves so they understand what the process is’.

The 1st year of the Engineering Apprenticeship is spent full time in college, however both Damian and Lewis have chosen to work alternative weekends in the factory which is really helping them to put their learning into practice.  In addition to their college course, both apprentices will be given the opportunity to do further training specific to the machinery they are working with in the factory to further enhance their skills and knowledge.

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Published: Thu 9th Mar, 2017