An apprenticeship drive has begun as applications have opened for 22 manufacturing roles with Leyland Trucks.Advertisement
The company is seeking budding engineers, mechanics, designers, and clean energy trailblazers to earn their qualifications while gaining hands-on experience and paid employment.
There is a range of roles on offer including assembly operatives and automotive, facilities & maintenance and design engineers, and for a second year, Leyland Trucks will be offering degree-level apprenticeships as one of its learning opportunities.
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Luke Pierce, an electrical engineer and designer at Leyland Trucks, began a three-year apprenticeship with the company in 2017 after applying while working in vehicle detailing.
His placement saw him undertake training in areas including vehicle engineering – both electrical and mechanical – as well as in design and manufacturing techniques. His interest in electrification saw him go on to complete an HNC in electrical engineering, and he’s now studying a degree in the subject.
Luke said: “My apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to gain real-time knowledge and insight into so many different aspects of engineering, which stood me in good stead when it came to choosing the direction I wanted to take in my future career.
“My experience was backed up with qualifications, and I discovered my passion for vehicle electrification. As and when new positions opened up within the company that would enable me to progress my career, I felt confident to apply, and am now on track to complete my degree, too.”
Libby Power joined Leyland Trucks in September 2021, having recently completed her GCSEs. As a fabrication and welding apprentice, she sees a huge opportunity to evolve her childhood passion for building, using tools and engineering into a career that allows her to pursue various different fields.
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She said: “When I left school, I knew that going into college full time would see me end up in the same destination – working in a factory because engineering and tooling come as second nature to me.
“I felt an apprenticeship with Leyland Trucks would help me gain more hands-on experience much faster, and more directly, as I’d be working alongside experts every single day, learning and earning at the same time.
“As part of my apprenticeship I work in the prototype department, so I get involved in the development of brand new products as well as working in different areas of the factory so I can expand my skillset.
“There’s always someone on hand to support me as I learn, and the team is full of former apprentices who’ve gone through what I have, so I can call on them for advice.
“No day is the same at Leyland Trucks, which is what keeps it so interesting. And what’s most exciting is that I know there are opportunities for progression – I could go on to be a design engineer or follow any number of pathways. I’ve only just joined the company, but I know I could be here for life, doing what I enjoy and being a really valued part of the team.”
To find out more about the roles available and to download the application form, please visit Leyland Trucks website.
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