Reece Prince from Wythenshawe attended Manchester Enterprise Academy where he achieved good grades in his GCSEs.  Reece decided while he was still at school that he wanted to do an apprenticeship.  He’d enjoyed practical subjects at school, and enjoyed finding out how things were made and how they worked. 

Reece heard about a 40 week Engineering course at The Skills Company’s Greater Manchester SkillCentre in Trafford Park and applied to join.  The course offered an NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, and Reece completed the course successfully in September 2014. 

At the end of the course, Skills Company Engineering Business Advisor Phil Lawson arranged three interviews for Reece for apprenticeship positions with local companies.  One of the interviews was at Old Trafford based Churchill Machine Tool Company.  Churchill Machine Tools was established over 100 years ago, and supplies precision grinding machines and installs, services and repairs machine tools.

Reece was pleased to be offered an apprenticeship as an Apprentice CNC Machine Programmer, Setter and Operator at Churchill, where he is involved in manufacturing pinion and worm gears.  Reece attends Trafford College on a day release basis, and is visited regularly by his Skills Company assessor Bob McGilveray, who reviews his progress in the workplace and sets new assignments.

Reece said:

“I’m learning a lot here and getting more and more confident as my skill level increases.  I’d like to progress to get involved in more complex CNC machining.  When I complete my Apprenticeship, I’d like to go on to do an HNC or HND at college.”

Jonathan Holt, Works Manager at Churchill said:

“It’s always been the company’s policy to bring in new blood in the form of apprentices.  We find it helps us to develop our young staff in our own ways of working and helps to secure our skill base for the future.”

 In his spare time, Reece is a top level micro scooter rider, taking part in competitions across the UK, and in Europe.  He has been ranked as high as 2nd in the UK and 11th in Europe.  He’s such a well-known name in the scooter world that he even has own brand of scooter wheels which he helped to design and receives royalties from.

 Reece said:

 “My engineering training has been really useful in helping to develop the prototype and having the wheels manufactured.  I’m classed as a professional scooter rider, but there isn’t really enough money in it at the moment to do it full time, so I’m very happy to continue to develop my career in engineering while I’m enjoying competing against the best riders in the world.”