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Generations of apprenticeship success at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Warrington & Vale Royal College recently invested into improving the safety of its campus by installing electrical barriers in the main reception area - just the first phase of a campus-wide implementation. The work was carried out by not one but two of the college’s apprentices who work for Lock-tec (UK) Ltd – a company owned by Warrington & Vale Royal College apprentice alumni Glen Whalley.

Joe Sam Glen

The work was carried out by Sam Whalley, Glen’s son, and Joe Lowe – both bright sparks completing their apprenticeships at Warrington & Vale Royal College. Sam, who has been an apprentice for one year, study’s in the college’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Training (AMET) Centre one day a week, where he benefits from the specialist facilities. Here, Sam develops his practical skills and theoretical knowledge of electrical installation including wiring, installing cables and lighting circuits. When asked what advice he would give to anyone considering taking the apprenticeship route, he said: “Go for it! I am so much happier doing an apprenticeship than I would have been if I had gone down a different route. At Lock-tec, I am well supported and happy. The best thing is that I am learning something new every day.”

Sam and Joe outside college
Sam (left) and Joe (right) outside Warrington campus

Joe has worked at Lock-tec for over four years now and began his career in a similar fashion to Sam. Preferring practical, career-orientated learning, Joe knew early on that he wanted to get straight into work and an apprenticeship was the perfect way to do this, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. After successfully completing his apprenticeship, Joe decided to continue his studies at Warrington & Vale Royal College and progressed on to a HNC and HND Electrical & Electronic Engineering course – whereby he also achieved incredible results. After working in the industry for a number of years, Joe’s career is thriving and he now intends to work towards a promotion at Lock-tec.

In addition to Sam and Joe, Glen Whalley - Managing Director of Lock-tec, also studied for several years at Warrington & Vale Royal College (formerly Warrington Collegiate). Glen says: “I would highly recommend an apprenticeship for any budding engineer who wishes to develop specialist skills and gain experience within a trade whilst continuing their studies. Working on the tools with guidance and support of experienced engineers develops practical skills, technical knowledge and encourages personal growth.”

Warrington & Vale Royal College are delighted with the success of these three apprentices, and look forward to seeing Sam and Joe flourish in their careers as Glen has. If you think the apprenticeship route could be for you, click here for more information.

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