Chatteris apprentice follows in dad’s footsteps

Metalcraft apprentices
Metalcraft apprentices

A Chatteris teenager is following in his father’s footsteps thanks to an engineer apprentice scheme.

Bradley Mead, 17, was one of ten first-year apprentices to join Chatteris firm Metalcraft last September and is working towards completing a four-year apprenticeship.

His father Graham has worked as a CNC machinist at the manufacturer since 1998.

This week marks National Apprenticeship Week and more than 40 per cent of the Metalcraft workforce completed some form of apprenticeship with the company, which has taken on 28 apprentices since opening the purpose-built Fenland Engineering Skills Centre (FESC) on-site in 2010.

Neil Kirby, apprentice training manager at Metalcraft, said: “With the centre going from strength to strength, we now have the facilities and the structure to take on ten apprentices every year going forward. That is a fantastic intake for a company of our size.”

Bradley hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a CNC machinist.

He said: “I wanted an opportunity in engineering or manufacturing and I knew I wanted to do something with my hands. I knew an apprenticeship would give me an income on top of learning and my dad told me from his own experience how it would teach me the right way of doing things.”

For more information on the programmes available go to www.metalcraft.co.uk or call 01354 692391.