Our very own "Tomorrow's Engineers"

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Today marks the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week and we're sharing the stories of our very own Engineers of tomorrow to celebrate.

Tomorrow's Engineers Week logo marroon PNG Engineering is one of the most popular career choices in East Lancashire, and for many of our Apprentices, becoming involved within the engineering and manufacturing industry is their ultimate goal. Tomorrow's Engineers are high-achieving engineering students and Apprentices who will continue to shape the way manufacturing and engineering grows and adapts long into the future. Apprentices like Courteney Leech who took on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering with Themis and who is now paving the way for women in engineering in a well-knwn Lancashire-based aerospace engineering company. Selected from a pool of 100 applicants, Courteney has been training on the job throughout her Apprenticeship programme since 2013 and says she is enjoying every minute of it.
"Before starting my Apprenticeship I thought the training would be mainly theory based – so was surprised when I was put straight on to a machine in the training workshop! Getting to use industry-standard equipment is great and will really advance my learning. In the last six months I’ve learnt how to use Centre Lathes and Milling machine. I’ll then progress to using multi-access CNC machines, CMM machines and CAD and design programmes. "
Another of our very own Tomorrow's Engineers is Gold CREST award winning Engineering Apprentice Holly Ireland, securing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering at Safran Aircelle after performing outstandingly in her Extended Diploma in Engineering. Her hard work and dedication to her programme has placed her in an incredible position within her department, which we are sure will lead her on to many fantastic opportunities in the future.
“Gaining an internship at Aircelle has given me a deeper insight into the industry and even more motivation to complete my learning and start my career.”
Joe Broughton is undertaking an Apprenticeship in Composite Engineering and has found that by moving into the industry in this way he has opened up a host of career options within his chosen field of expertise.
"I’m being paid to learn valuable skills and I learn something new every day. Attending Themis at Burnley College is giving me the technical knowledge I need when I’m in the workplace and the Apprenticeship programme is a great way to really understand the business."
Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek14) takes place from 3-7 November 2014 and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people (focusing on 11-14s), their parents and teachers. If you want to share your story, we'd love to hear it! Comment below, leave us a message on Facebook or email k.taylor@burnley.ac.uk. You can also help Tomorrow's Engineers find out about what matters to you in the industry by filling in their Young Engineers survey: http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/View/?con_id=692  
Source Url: http://www.themis.ac.uk/tomorrows-engineers/
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