17 year old Isaac Roberts from Ashton under Lyne has got his future well and truly mapped out after securing a prestigious apprenticeship with local firm Louvolite.

Isaac attended the Bluecoat School in Oldham, and after his GCSEs, was encouraged to stay on in the sixth form and aim for university. However, Isaac had already decided that full time academic study wasn’t for him. His older brother had completed a pre-apprenticeship engineering course with The Skills Company and progressed through an apprenticeship to become a Technical Engineer for Hawk International, a company specialising in providing equipment and support solutions to clients throughout the world.

Isaac had enjoyed engineering at school, and decided to apply for the same course that his brother had completed. He was successful, and started in September at The Skills Company’s Tameside base. The course lasts for 20 weeks, and is intended to prepare young people to be able to start an Engineering Apprenticeship and be useful to the employing company from day one. The course covers subjects including bench fitting, wiring and testing electrical circuits, preparing and using milling equipment, preparing and using lathes for turning operations and health and safety. The course also provides support for the students with CV and interview preparation, and has an excellent record of placing students into Apprenticeships with local engineering companies.

Isaac said:
“The trainers on the course were great. They were very experienced, but also very helpful and they really knew their trade. They were always willing to share their experience and help you out if you had any problems. The course was very practical and hands-on and that really suited the way I learn, and the facilities were brilliant. The course hasn’t all been easy, but you can see the relevance of everything and I’ve passed every part of the course with either distinction or merit.”

Before the end of his course, Isaac had an interview for a position as an apprentice toolmaker at Louvolite. Louvolite, which is based in Dukinfield, designs, manufactures and distributes systems for a wide range of window blinds. Isaac was offered the job and was pleased to accept.

Isaac said:
“At the interview, they said that they will support me through the apprenticeship, and then on to do an HNC and then an HND. It seems like a really good company with good opportunities for progression, and I’m very pleased with the way things have turned out."

Outside of his training, Isaac has an extremely active life. He’s completed his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards, and is working towards becoming a Queen’s Scout with a view to becoming a Young Leader. He also plays rugby for Ashton under Lyne and has just moved up to the senior squad.

Isaac said:
“I believe that the activities I’ve done in my own time have really contributed to how well I’ve done on the course and to getting the apprenticeship. They’ve given me a lot of confidence, and developed my team working and practical skills. At school, I found it very difficult to get information about apprenticeships, but I’m really glad that I persevered and started the course with The Skills Company. I can’t wait to start my apprenticeship, and continue with my personal development.”

If you are interested in an Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship please call our recruitment team on: 0161 233 2656 or click here to take a look at our current Engineering vacancies.