Apprentice Reece is taking the fast track route to qualifications after starting work at JCB in Rocester. Rather than the traditional day-release where students spend one day a week in college and four days at work, twenty-year-old Reece spends four days a week at Leek College training in the engineering workshop and just one day a week at the JCB factory where he is employed in the research department. Reece, who started his Apprenticeship after passing three A Levels, decided that university wasn’t for him because, at the age of 20, he felt ready to earn his own living
With university fees going up I decided it was time to earn some money and this way, I get paid for doing my training.
I’m working towards both my Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications at the same time and, on Monday nights, I do an evening class in welding which JCB are also sponsoring.
I chose Leek College because my sister came here to do engineering and she’s done really well. The workshop is as close as it can be to the workplace with all the same health and safety rules.
Once I’ve finished my Level 2 I will then have the option of carrying on my studies to Foundation Degree level and could eventually qualify with a full degree in engineering. At least this way I will do it without incurring any debts and I’m really enjoying my time at JCB.
Posted date 24/01/2012