An engineering firm’s search for an apprentice is over after Sandwell College student Thomas Embrey excelled in his work placement!

Thomas impressed aluminium heat treatment specialists Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT) so much during his work experience, they offered him an apprenticeship.

The Dudley-based firm were struggling to find the ideal candidate despite heavily promoting the opportunity through their usual channels.

The collaboration between Next Gen Makers and Sandwell College then helped AHT find Thomas, who has now joined the company as an apprentice quality engineer. Part of his apprenticeship will involve him working towards a Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Maintenance and accompanying technical certificates.

AHT’s HR Director Frank Butler said: “As part of our succession planning for the workforce we identified a number of apprenticeship opportunities within the company. We already have a number of apprentices progressing well within the company, but it seemed to be taking a while to find the right individual for our latest role.

“Thomas has a great attitude coupled with a good grounding in the principles of engineering and we are sure he will become an integral part of the team here at AHT in years to come. We welcome him on board and look forward to supporting him throughout his apprenticeship and beyond.”

Director of Next Gen Makers, Adam Tipper, added: “AHT were promoted to engineering students in our college engineering careers workshops at Sandwell College. Following a successful work experience placement, Thomas was successful in gaining the apprenticeship. This further demonstrates the suitability of full-time college engineering students to then go on to gain apprenticeships with local employers.”

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