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National Apprentice Week 2022

Written 11th February 2022

As its National Apprentice Week, we are really pleased to highlight the story of Reece who is currently our CNC Machining Apprentice at Straaltechniek.

Reece joined Straaltechniek as a CNC Machining Apprentice in December 2020. During this short time Reece has gone from strength to strength and is doing extremely well. Reece always shows positive attitude and enthusiasm to learn about machining, whilst also offering suggestions to various tasks in the machine shop, asking questions to help better his knowledge and has contributed to the great success stories that Straaltechniek have achieved so far.

Reece is also involved with the Engineering and Design award scheme which is jointly by the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire and the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers. Reece is into the next stage and is due to have an interview with the Master Cutler of London and Sheffield next week. This award scheme is to help students, junior engineers, and apprentices like Reece, to fund an activity or project, which will expand their knowledge and experience in their chosen area of engineering and manufacturing and may also be of value to their employer or academic establishment.

Reece said ‘Being an apprentice is very hands on and gives me a good sense of responsibility. I am also finding that being an apprentice is very rewarding by learning new skills. It is a good starting path for the adult working life and I am making new friends in the workplace.’

The recent success rate at Straaltechniek is not just down to luck, it is down to the hard work of all the staff here at Straaltechniek including Reece, who all contribute to our companies’ achievements.

We are incredibly proud of Reece’s progression so far, and we are sure this will continue throughout his apprenticeship until it is complete in 2025 and his career with Straaltechniek thereafter.