Directors at Applied Integration say two of their former apprentices who’ve won permanent contracts can follow in their footsteps by becoming the Stokesley firm’s future leaders.
Three of the systems integrators’ four directors began their working lives as apprentices – and they are now giving talented young engineers an opportunity to follow in their footsteps.
Both former students at Middlesbrough’s Macmillan Academy, new recruits Jordan Wales and Conner Harvey have become fully fledged members of the Applied Integration team after successfully completing their apprenticeships.
Applied Integration director Garry Lofthouse, who began his career as an apprentice instrument technician with former chemical giant ICI, says the company is investing in its long-term future.
“With three of us being former apprentices ourselves, the directors understand the impact a first class apprenticeship can have on the careers of talented young people.
“For that reason, we’re absolutely committed to providing apprenticeship opportunities to local young people – and it’s fantastic to be able to reward Jordan and Conner for their hard work and dedication by taking them on as Applied Integration employees.”
“There’s no question they can become great ambassadors for our business. It’s naturally still a long way from here, but there are no reason why they can’t become our leaders of the future.”
Jordan has joined Applied Integration’s full-time staff after moving on to study for a degree in computer sciences at Teesside University after completing a HNC.
Now a junior control engineer, he has joined an experienced team working across multiple projects, continuing to enhance his skillset in such areas as coding, design, testing and commission.
Conner has been given an initial temporary contract as he seeks to complete a HNC in instrumentation and control at the university, having already graduated from Middlesbrough College with a BTEC level 3 diploma in Engineering.
Conor is also continuing to add to his skills as his role gives him chance to work with a range of top-level programming languages.
Lofthouse added: “It’s fantastic to be able to attract and retain talented local people in the area and specifically here at Applied Integration. We do like to give local people opportunities to create what can be very successful careers for themselves.
“It’s down to their dedication and commitment that they’ve come out of their apprenticeships with skills and qualifications that are applicable worldwide.
“Both lads have moved into good jobs that can become great careers. We want to drive the business in a way that gets people up to chartership, so we will continue to support Conner and Jordan to go as far as they want to go as engineers.
Two further Applied Integration apprentices – Jack Gould and Hayden Cartwright – are now in their second years and continuing to enjoy day release from the firm to study at Hartlepool College. Jack is studying for a HNC in Instrumentation & Controls while Hayden is focusing on a BTEC level 3 diploma in Engineering.
Lofthouse added: “We’re exposing Jack and Hayden to a wide range of tasks and a multitude of projects to give them every opportunity to enhance their skills. There are very good, well-paid jobs waiting for them if they continue to work hard and progress.”