Window of opportunity for apprentice Connor

Window of opportunity for apprentice Connor

A meeting with the apprentice team from Telford College of Arts and Technology has led to a life-changing full-time job for young engineer Connor Mansell.

The 21-year-old, who lives at Lawley Village, has completed the Intermediate Engineering element of a level two apprenticeship, supported by TCAT.

The college’s on-site employment support team also helped him to secure a job with Telford manufacturer Windowright Ltd – and his career with the Hortonwood-based company is now going from strength to strength.

Connor says: “I saw the apprenticeship scheme offered at an event at Telford International Centre. It was through speaking to TCAT’s apprentice team at the event that I got involved.

“Completing a recognised work-based apprenticeship has increased my confidence and given me responsibility in the workplace to work to quality standards and meet daily production output targets.

“I enjoy working at Windowright as they are a very supportive company. The workplace is very good for building personal skills such as working as part of a team.

“I would recommend the apprenticeship route to any young person. Windowright have supported me throughout the qualification, allowing me to gain recognised workplace manufacturing skills alongside an engineering qualification.

“In addition, it has enabled me to become a valued full-time employee at Windowright.”

Connor was supported into employment through the Telford College REED ncfe team. Senior employment manager Luke Ward says: “Connor approached us as a quiet young man who had very little experience in job searching and interviews.

“He attended one of the college’s apprenticeship workshops where he received help in building a CV and assistance with interview techniques.

“During the session Connor grew in confidence and it became clear that with the right employer, he could develop into a fantastic employee.”

REED ncfe contacted Windowright, a family-run company which had previously taken a business administration apprentice, and helped to secure an interview for Connor.

Luke adds: “We prepared Connor for his interview, and he went on to receive great feedback as well as the job offer. He and his parents were over the moon.

“Telford College is so proud of what Connor has achieved; he proves that, with the right attitude, you can achieve you goals.”

TCAT tutor Steve Kaczmaryk says: “Throughout the qualification, Connor has applied himself 100 per cent and completed all his qualification tasks on time and to the standard required for the Intermediate Manufacturing Apprenticeship.

“I have seen a transformation in Connor’s skills and abilities, and he has become a valued and effective member of the manufacturing team at Windowright.

“Connor’s quality and work output to achieve production targets has significantly improved over the last 12 months – he consistently produces products which comply with the processing specifications and customer requirements on the company order sheets.”

Louise Turner of Windowright said: “We are a small family business, and every member of staff plays a key part towards our day-to-day production and operations.

“We felt that the apprentice scheme would be the best avenue to proceed down to fill the position, and were very impressed with the way TCAT handled our enquiry.

“All of the team here regard Connor as a key member of staff, and it is lovely to see how his confidence has grown. His work ethic is second to none. Windowright Ltd would have no hesitation in recommending TCAT and their whole apprenticeship and employment team.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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