We are delighted to celebrate the completion of Level 3 BTECs in Mechanical Engineering by two of our employees – Laura and Luke.
Laura our Engineering Apprentice began the BTEC, as well as an NVQ, two years ago as part of her apprenticeship at Parafix. Luke, a Machine Operator, saw the opportunity to gain the same qualifications and asked Parafix Management if he could also study these courses. Impressed by Luke’s enthusiasm to learn, Parafix agreed to support him in both the BTEC and NVQ.
For two years Laura and Luke have attended Northbrook College once a week to study the BTEC, which included modules of maths, mechanical principles, drawing, pneumatics and hydraulics.
The course has complemented Luke’s understanding of the machines he works with every day; the way they operate and how they’re built. If the machinery isn’t running as it should, he knows exactly where to look to rectify it and he can also perform the maintenance of machinery.
Laura is able to apply the course to her every day work as she continues to learn about Parafix and the work of the R&D department, for example creating CAD drawings for prototypes.
Laura commented: “I’ve really enjoyed the BTEC and it has certainly aided the understanding of my work at Parafix. It helped to have Luke study with me too, as walking into a male dominated classroom for the first time was a little intimidating”.
Luke commented: “I really appreciate being given the opportunity to take on more challenges; not only from my studies, but also in training to use more complex die-cutting machinery. I’ve enjoyed the work and it’s been great studying alongside Laura, especially when I’ve struggled with the maths, which was to A Level standard!”.
Luke and Laura have completed and submitted all of their BTEC work and are awaiting their final results. They continue to work on their NVQs and Laura will begin an HNC in September.
Mike Punter, Managing Director, commented on their efforts: “I am incredibly proud of Laura and Luke for their hard work and commitment. Their enthusiasm and willingness to improve their skill sets are highly valued qualities and I wish them luck with the completion of their NVQs. Well done to both”.