Award-winning Joseph chooses apprenticeship over university

30 January 2015
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A WorldSkills UK bronze medal winner, Joseph Langley, has reaffirmed his decision to leave university and undertake an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship with Gloucestershire College and Cirencester’s Corin Group Ltd, saying it “really helped him get back on track”. 

The 20-year-old, from Gloucester, left Sir Thomas Rich’s Sixth Form to study Psychology at the University of Nottingham, but left after six months after becoming disenchanted with the student lifestyle and his choice of course.

Joseph said: “Though I was still motivated, when I left I had no idea what I wanted to do and starting my apprenticeship with Corin really helped me get back on track. Before my apprenticeship I had always looked at car parts or games consoles and wondered how they were made. Now when I look at the same objects, I can take a good guess, based on my knowledge of the manufacture of orthopaedic implants.” 

Now almost halfway into his Advanced Apprenticeship, Joseph started by learning processes in areas such as Machining, Finishing, Quality and Logistics, and he now resides in Research and Development, where he is responsible for creating and delivering designs of Corin’s orthopaedic implants. 

Thanks to his time spent in the classroom at Gloucestershire College, Joseph can offer insight into the latest working methods in manufacturing, engineering and quality, which is highly valuable to his employer. 

Mike Harding, Facilities Projects Manager at Corin Group Ltd, said: “We take on a minimum of three apprentices each year with Gloucestershire College, and currently have six, including Joseph.

“Recruiting apprentices allows us to maintain our staffing levels and inject new skills into the business; we benefit from the latest views and methods of working practices from young, dynamic and enthusiastic people who are eager to learn and develop a career. 

“At Corin Group Ltd we maintain the progression of skills and offer exciting opportunities to our future engineers who in return will offer loyalty and help secure the future growth of the business.”

Joseph relishes the opportunities given to him through his apprenticeship and would recommend it other young people. He said: “If you can achieve the grades to get a place on an Advanced Apprenticeship – equivalent to A Levels – at the age of 16, you have an excellent chance to kick start your career. By 21 you could have finished an HNC with four years’ experience in industry, making you highly employable.”

As a result of the knowledge and practical skills Joseph has gained during his apprenticeship, he won the 2014 WorldSkills UK bronze medal in the Mechanical Engineering: CAD category. 

“It feels fantastic to have won a medal at a national event; it’s great to have something that stands for all the hard work I’ve put in during the past year. The achievement has already allowed me to gain more responsibility at Corin and will continue to be an asset on my CV,” he said. 

The Gloucestershire College Business Hub advertises all live apprenticeship vacancies online. Visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeshipvacancies to search and apply online, or call 01452 563400 for more information.

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