Stephen Mason has engineered his way to an apprenticeship at a leading automotive plastics manufacturer.
The 21 year old, who works as a Trainee Production Engineer at Nifco UK, secured the role after impressing staff on an industry work placement.
Stephen, who progressed from a full-time course at Middlesbrough College, completed the one week placement to gain industry experience across different departments within the business.
After impressing the team at Nifco, he submitted a CV and was invited to an Apprenticeship Assessment Day where he was successful in securing a full-time position.
Stephen said: “I was keen to progress into an apprenticeship as a way of gaining hands on experience in industry.
“I’ve always wanted to pursue a career within engineering and enjoy the challenge of dealing with different problems every day – no two days are the same!”
Frances Hoy, General Manager – HR at Nifco UK said: “Apprentices are a great way to bring fresh ideas and new ways of thinking into the business.
“The mixture of on and off-the-job training means our apprentices learn the skills that work best for Nifco. We can also tailor apprenticeship standards to specific job roles, moulding them to the needs of our business.”
Stephen has now progressed onto the Level 4 HNC in Engineering, delivered by Middlesbrough College and validated by Pearson Education.
Stephen added: “Upon completion of my higher apprenticeship I plan to keep working and learning to progress further up the career ladder. The apprenticeship is just the start as there is so much more to learn within this industry!”