AWARD-WINNING apprentice Ben Thomas discovered more about the complexity of large- scale mechanical and maintenance projects during a day-long visit to Shell Technology Centre in Thornton.
Ben, 29, was named Shell Motor Apprentice of the Year at West Cheshire College’s annual awards ceremony and part of his prize was to spend a day at one of the UK’s leading mechanical testing centres, which is capable of running the world’s most advanced fuel and lubricant tests.
Ben, from West Kirby, who has completed his apprenticeship and is now studying for an Open University degree in engineering, said: “It was an amazing day. I had a chance to see facilities I didn’t realise even existed.
“It’s given me a great insight into where my skills could lead me and how I can develop my career.”
Ben currently works in vehicle maintenance and repair at Heswall Autos and during his day with Shell’s Engine and Vehicle Technology Team he was able to see some of the most technologically advanced vehicle testing systems in action.
He said: “Everyone at Shell was really helpful, friendly and informative. It was a wonderful day and I’m so grateful to them for giving me a chance to see such an incredible facility in action.
“While studying for my degree I intend to stay where I am, but it has definitely given me a lot to think about and what options are open to me with the skills and experience I have.”
Thornton site manager Jolger Paesler said: “We are pleased to continue our long relationship with West Cheshire College’s motor vehicle section.
“We want to inspire local apprentices to help them visualise what they could aim for as a future career.”