Jake Cawthorne talks about his work-based apprenticeship
Jake Cawthorne began life at Gripple with an engineering work experience placement from Birley Community College in 2014. Such was his enthusiasm for the work, he asked if he could come back to Gripple once the placement had finished, during his holidays, to gain more experience.
When Jake finished school, he applied for one of two apprentice engineering positions advertised at Gripple and was successful in securing the role. This position involved his attendance on a course at AMRC for an initial six months, before moving to one day a week and spending the rest of his time at Gripple.
In order to give Jake exposure to the whole UK business and help him identify his strengths and interests, he spent three months at each of Gripple’s three Sheffield sites, before being based permanently at the company’s Hawke Street site.
Gripple is committed to developing people who possess values befitting the ethos and spirit of the company – this is the most important factor for the business during the recruitment process. Once those people are in place, emphasis is on developing skills and investing in training to ensure professional development paths are created to progress their careers with the company.
Today, Jake is working towards his NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Maintenance Engineering, which he is scheduled to complete in 2017.
Speaking about his experiences so far, Jake commented: “I’ve never liked being in a classroom so the apprenticeship opportunity with Gripple really suited me. I’m really enjoying learning on the job and it’s essentially an extension of my hobbies in the sense that I’m working on machines and making things every day.”
Pleasingly, his hard work was recently recognised as he was named the AMRC’s Maintenance Pathway Apprentice of the Year for 2016.