THE FIRST apprentice appointed by a leading North West engineering specialist will combine on-the-job training with studies in Ellesmere Port.
Daniel Knowles, who is currently in his second year of a three-year apprenticeship, has been selected for the role by AV Technology (AVT).
He will split his time between studying for a diploma at New Bridge Road-based TTE Training and working with a number of AVT’s clients in the North West.
In the latter stages of his apprenticeship, Daniel will also learn some of the firm’s technical specialisms, which include vibration analysis, oil analysis, thermal imaging and ultrasound techniques.
Daniel said: “I’ve really enjoyed my in-class training at TTE’s brilliant facilities.
“It’s given me a broad understanding of engineering and the various disciplines involved, but now I’m really looking forward to getting into the workplace and using those skills in a practical scenario.
“I became interested in AVT because they offer the chance of a very interesting career in condition based maintenance using the latest technologies and everyone I have met so far has been really helpful and knowledgeable.”
The apprenticeship forms part of an ongoing wider partnership between AVT and TTE Training.
AVT managing director Steve Mottershead said: “The specialist nature of a lot of our work has prevented us in the past from taking on apprentices, so it’s great to be able to work with a training provider to spot young talent and expose them to the type of work that we do, and hopefully spark their interest in it.”
TTE was set up in 1990 to provide sponsored apprenticeships in engineering to young people in the North West and has gone on to win several national awards for training delivery.