Expanded metal mesh specialist welcomes new apprentices

A Hartlepool expanded metal mesh manufacturer has taken on three new apprentices as part of its ongoing commitment to workforce development.

Thomas Harvey, 17, and Daniel Wearmouth, 18, from Hartlepool (both above) have joined The Expanded Metal Company as apprentice machine setters.

Ben Job, age 21, from Newcastle, has also joined the company in the position of apprentice tool setter. They will support in the manufacture of metal mesh products.

Both Daniel and Thomas attend East Durham College where they are working towards completing an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations before moving onto a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Ben, who also attends East Durham College, is studying to obtain a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

Combined with classroom-based learning, the apprenticeship programme will help Daniel, Thomas and Ben gain hands-on experience and skills at The Expanded Metal Company’s 25,000 sqm site in Hartlepool.

Thomas said: “Prior to joining The Expanded Metal Company I studied Welding Fabrication at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

“This apprenticeship provided an opportunity to further develop the skills I gained through the course. So far, I’ve learned a lot about how to operate the specialist machinery used in the manufacturing process here.”

Daniel added: “We learn something new every day as we work on hundreds of products on a daily basis.

“I want to have a career in engineering and The Expanded Metal Company has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to take the first step towards this.”

The firm’s managing director Philip Astley said: “We have decades of expertise in expanded metal mesh manufacturing here at our facility in Hartlepool – and through the apprenticeship programme, we are giving young people from the area an opportunity to learn specialist manufacturing skills.

“The apprenticeship programme is a vital component in our workforce development strategy and is helping us to build for the future.”

The Expanded Metal Company has a rich industrial heritage dating back to 1889 and was founded by John French Golding, the inventor and patentee of expanded metal.


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