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Brad Webb tells all about becoming a Briggs apprentice engineer

1/31/2018 12:00:00 AM by Kathryn Hyde

Name: Brad Webb

Location: Haydock workshop/Stafford College

Qualification: Diploma Level 2 and NVQ Level 2 in Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance

Key achievements: Winning Briggs’ ‘Apprentice of the Year Award 2017.'

How did you hear about the Briggs apprentice scheme?

“I heard about the scheme as it was advertised via the government apprenticeship website, I did a bit of research into Briggs as a company via their own website and was impressed by all the charity work and fundraising that they get involved with as it shows they are a company that cares.”

What made you apply for the role?

“I applied for the role due to the variety it offered me. It is classed as a plant course, which means that we cover many topics and types of equipment and not just forklifts. My brother did a similar course with a competitor, but he only got to learn how to service forklifts. I will leave this course with a much broader skill set and this is the best course for sure.”

What have you enjoyed about the apprenticeship?

“I’ve really enjoyed learning all of the new engineering skills and I find the course has a good balance of practical and theoretical learning. I like working with my colleagues in the workshop as we all have a good sense of humour. Even though I’m based at the Haydock branch, as part of my apprenticeship I also have the opportunity to spend some time out with the Field based Engineers, where I enjoy the satisfaction of going to site and fixing the customers problem, particularly as you don’t know what the cause is until you get there and being able to identify that on my own, fix it and then have my mentor check it and sign it off as correct feels like a great achievement. That is when my knowledge is put to the test and I know I am really learning.”

Would you recommend the apprenticeship to other young people?

“I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship to other young people. In comparison to the other career paths that I have seen some of my friends take, I know that I have taken one that works very well for me. For example, many of my friends have gone to college to study Level 2 Diplomas whilst I will be completing my Level 2 & 3 through Briggs. I am also being paid to learn so don’t have to take a part time job in the evening to earn my keep as well as being at college full time. Although other engineering companies also offer apprenticeships, Briggs do the most to look after their apprentices. They’ve provided us with a laptop to use for our College work, and organise a good standard of accommodation for you while you are studying, plus go that little bit extra to make sure you have everything you need and more. Importantly they want to keep you on after the apprenticeship once you’ve qualified after the 4 years.”

His manager Gary Grundy, National Workshop Manager spoke very highly of Brad:

“Brad has had an outstanding first year with Briggs Equipment, from day one of his journey he has been self-motivated and eager to learn both academically at college and practically in his workshop environment. He has achieved and excelled in all of the challenges thrown his way showing no apparent weakness in any given task, as well as becoming a well-respected individual amongst his peers and at this early stage is showing great promise to becoming an excellent engineer of the future.” - Gary

We will be recruiting for our 2018 intake in the next couple of months so keep an eye on our website for more details, or for more information on Briggs’ Apprentice Scheme click here.