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Name: James JayJames Jay 1
Current Role: Manufacturing Engineer
Apprenticeship Programme
Pathway: Engineering Technical Support
Start Date: Aug 2004
Completion Date: Aug 2008

A Challenge!

I began my Apprenticeship with Bespak after attending Springwood High School and its Sixth Form.  Having not previously considered an Apprenticeship route, I applied after seeing the advert and, after several selection steps, was chosen for one of the two available positions. The first year was challenging: relatively long commute every day, early mornings, not to mention attempting new skills that I hadn’t encountered before. However, it was also incredibly rewarding as I made new friends and also won a top award for my efforts. Throughout the remaining three years of the Apprenticeship I worked in almost every department within Bespak, ultimately completing my specialisation in Manufacturing Systems.

On completion of my training, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for two years. During this time I was also a mentor at Springwood; it was interesting to hear how the approach to apprenticeships had changed since I was there as a student. In January 2010, Bespak advertised an International Secondment that I was fortunate enough to be selected for. This involved moving to Indianapolis, USA, to work on different projects. In October 2012 I returned to Bespak where I have been given the opportunity to develop myself further within our Operations department. I’m focusing on the transfer of products from the development world to operations, and have recently completed a large construction project.

I am incredibly grateful for all of the support that I have been given, and continue to receive, during my career at Bespak.