British Glass Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2015

Mike Crotty: Apprentice of the Year 2014

National Apprenticeship Week 2015

To mark National Apprenticeship Week which runs until Friday and celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and wider economy, British Glass caught up with our Apprentice of the Year 2014 to find out how his apprenticeship programme has shaped his career so far and his future plans.

Mike Crotty from Encirc Glass was recognised with the award for his exceptional ability and commitment to training and development, as well as the significant impact he has made to his employer.

What were your favourite subjects at school?
I always enjoyed Design Technology, learning practical skills, and my goal to be an engineer stemmed from this.

How did you come to work in the glass industry?
After completing a ‘Skill Seekers’ course, a one year engineering scheme used as a stepping stone to higher apprenticeships, I realised it was the career path I wanted to pursue, specifically as a Maintenance Engineer. I gained a place on an apprenticeship with Encirc Glass [formerly Quinn Glass] and the rest is history!

Why do you think an Apprenticeship offers a good career path?
Splitting my time between the workplace and West Cheshire College in the first and second years, I learnt a lot by shadowing other engineers and gaining as much practical experience as possible.

I've learned so much throughout my apprenticeship and it's a fantastic way to get started on a career path whilst earning at the same time.

What has been the project you’re most proud of working on?
In my third year, I solved a major issue which was stopping the lines running effectively and one which had stymied other more senior engineers. This has saved the company money and has made this part of the line more efficient.

What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
As a Shift Engineering Apprentice, you never know what's going to happen in terms of machine breakdowns and our goal is to try and get the machines on the production line running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

What are your career plans?
I plan on doing a degree in Engineering next as I want to continue developing my skills and knowledge through further education.

British Glass will be presenting the Apprentice of the Year 2015 Award to another young employee in our industry at the evening awards ceremony of the Glass Focus Conference on 12th June.

If you are interested in applying or nominating an apprentice in your company, the awards are free to enter. For more information and to download and application form, please visit our awards website: www.britglass.org.uk/industry-awards

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th April 2015.
 

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