Braddon Haigh – Engineering Apprentice
Braddon is an apprentice at The Leeds Welding Company, and alongside the workplace experience he is gaining, he is studying for a Level 2 City & Guilds Engineering Diploma.
The Leeds Welding Company prides itself on offering customers sub-contract fabrication service from concept and design through to the finished product, using a variety of materials and manufacturing techniques.
Over the years, the company has built up a loyal customer base, and its employees have years of experience in producing high quality goods. Technologies used range from traditional to the latest fibre optic laser cutting equipment; CNC presses, tube benders and drilling machines.
Many of the current employees, including the directors, were trained as apprentices themselves and recognise the value of combining work-based training with a formal qualification.
Operations Director Lee Noyland is keen to ensure Braddon receives the best training to develop all-round skills which will enhance and support the skills and experience his team has built up over the years.
For example, Braddon, 17, is using new skills to create racking and stillage’s to be used in the workshop, and is learning how the whole process works from the initial idea through to the completed product.
“I am enjoying my apprenticeship – it is a good company to work for, with a good team of people, and the work is varied and interesting,” he said.
“Apprentices are a great way to expand the workforce with multi-skilled individuals creating a more flexible workforce,” Mr Noyland said.
“We will be increasing the number of apprentices we have with the help of Leeds City College in the very near future.”