18 July 2016

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

The 21-year-old has completed the Intermediate Engineering element of a Level 2 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 said:

“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.”

Connor was supported into employment through the Telford College REED ncfe team. Senior Employment Manager Luke Ward said:

“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. 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.”

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.”

Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) is a further education college that has over 16,000 students: 1200 full-time, 15,000 part-time. Students include school leavers, individuals taking a second chance at education, employees of multinational companies, and overseas students.