East Kent College student studies in America as thriving Ramsgate employer hails apprenticeship scheme
An aircraft manufacturer has praised the College’s apprenticeship scheme as it looks to double its turnover.
AEM, based in Ramsgate, began hiring apprentices after finding it a better proposition than employing graduates and training school leavers.
Production Manager Derek Clements has praised their hard work and, in the near future, the firm hopes to expand its 83-strong workforce offering worthwhile careers.
Rebecca Belt studied a Level 3 Forensic Science course at Broadstairs campus and joined the company aged 17.
The 22-year-old started as a technical administrator and is now a specialist technician with many responsibilities.
Rebecca even designed the new laboratory that she now runs and travelled to America for further specialist training.
She hopes to study an HND in September to further develop her career.
She said: “I find the work really interesting and have also enjoyed the engineering courses that I have done in order to understand this industry.
“It is a great firm to work for and anyone looking for a career as a laboratory technician or in mechanical engineering can earn good money and develop a great career.”
Mr Clements also welcomed the efforts of newer apprentices. He said: “They are all doing an excellent job and special mention has to go to Ben Spencer. He’s one of the most useful young engineers we have and always one of the ‘go to’ guys if you want something special done.”
Ben, 21, is currently studying Level 3 Mechanical Engineering. He said: “I am really enjoying the course and it should help in my future career. I started as a trainee straight from school. Most of the time it is a very ‘hands on’ approach and we were learning on the job. The course enables me to learn skills needed to cover the broader aspects of mechanical engineering as well as attaining a formal qualification.
“I was the first ‘young’ person to train at AEM; many of their engineers were approaching retirement and they needed to start recruiting the next generation.
“I was delighted the company set up an apprenticeship scheme. I hope my experience and qualifications will give me the opportunity to travel the world– particularly as AEM has sites in many countries.”