The Whale apprenticeship scheme has been operating for more than 12 years and to date, no fewer than 29 men and women have passed through the programme.
Our recruitment process which began with more than 170 applicants and our four new apprentices are Chris Webber and Matthew Davis, who are both from Shirley, Luke Choudhury from Coventry and Reiss Hughes from Halesowen.
When asked why they took up the scheme, our four new apprentices were all in agreement in that they liked the idea of studying for a qualification while earning at the same time. Luke said: “I wanted to get a real job that would give me the right level of hands on experience, while also enabling me to study. In the long run, the apprenticeship programme will equip me with all the skills and experience I need to establish my career in engineering.”
“Reiss said: “It is also very rewarding to see the results and fruits of my and the team’s efforts when our products are completed, delivered and out there working for the customer.”
Chris is no stranger to Whale as his father has worked for the company for more than 25 years. He said: “When I was a boy I used to come to the family events here at the Ravenshaw facility…”
“I never imagined that I would end up working for the company years later.”
Matthew added: “It is great to be working for such a well known and established engineering firm as Whale and to be learning on the job.”
In addition to our engineering skills and development, we get to work in different departments such as sales and purchasing. This way we gain broader experience and an extended skill set, preparing us for when we complete our apprenticeships.”
Our apprentices attend Warwickshire College to receive their formal training and our scheme accredited by IMECHE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers).