Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Case Study

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EMILY French undertook an engineering apprenticeship with JDR, the leading UK umbilical and cable manufacturer for the global offshore energy industry in Newcastle and Hartlepool.

She says: "I joined JDR in 2012, straight out of college, where I was one of two students hired as the company's first ever apprentices. During my apprenticeship I attended Hartlepool College once a week where I studied for a diploma in engineering and then a HNC in mechanical engineering.

"From day one, I was involved in a range of projects that provided the opportunity to learn new, valuable skills such as the major project to manage the design, build and implementation of a class 5 cleanroom at JDR's Hartlepool manufacturing facility.

'From day one, I was involved in a range of projects that provided the opportunity to "A cleanroom is used for manufacturing items with a low level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, and chemical vapours at a controlled particle level. For an ISO 14644 accredited class 5 cleanroom, I had to ensure the room would have at maximum 105 particles per m3. To put this into perspective the ambient air in a typical city contains around 35 million particles per m3 - so this was no easy task.

learn new, valuable skills' "Following the project completion, I received two awards - the Hartlepool College Engineering Apprentice of the Year and the overall Hartlepool College Apprentice of the Year. Now in my fourth year with JDR, I've completed my apprenticeship and have been promoted to a junior production engineer. I'm now responsible for the storage capacity strategy of the Hartlepool facility.

"My apprenticeship experience at JDR was absolutely fantastic. It has been such an exciting journey and I'm thrilled to have been employed on a permanent basis in the role of junior production engineer. …

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