An engineering firm has thrown its weight behind The Journal’s Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign after taking on five apprentices and two graduates in the past two years.
North Shields-based Quick Hydraulics’ managing director Andrew Esson is a proud supporter of inspiring the next generation of engineers.
He said: “We have taken on five apprentices and two graduates over the past two years and increased the workforce from 14 to 30 overall. In the past we have worked mainly with firms here in the North East and North West. However we have now expanded our reach and are working on oil and gas projects in Aberdeen and also oil and gas and wind farm projects in Great Yarmouth.”
Esson added that apprentices form the backbone of the business across all areas from hydraulic technicians to business management and store men managing the flow of materials to project engineers.
One recruit is 21-year-old Dale Tansley of Felling, Gateshead who has been with Quick Hydraulics for 18 months now.
Tansley is in the second year of his foundation degree and level 5 NVQ in leadership and management at Newcastle College. He is currently a trainee project engineer with the firm, which designs, manufactures and repairs hydraulic equipment used in the offshore oil and gas, automotive and paper and process sectors.
Today he told The Journal how proud he is to have been given a chance to shine. He said: “I have always wanted to be an engineer as I like to know how things work. I’m interested in all areas of engineering, including electrical and mechanical.
“Working at Quick Hydraulics has given me a chance to work on projects. It’s a technical role that involves visiting companies. I have put together a data manual for operators and get to attend project meetings.”
Tansley said that he wouldn’t hesitate to encourage other young people to fulfill a career in engineering. He said: “I would say to other young people that a career in engineering offers so many opportunities.
“I’m looking to get some experience of offshore in the future. I’d say the trick is to stick in with your studies and work hard, if you are committed to engineering there are plenty of rewards.”
Andrew Esson, MD of Quick Hydraulics Ltd, said: “Dale is an excellent example of how it is now possible to earn your way to a professional qualification via the higher apprenticeship route, and I think this would be a very positive message to get out to parents and young people.”