National Apprenticeship Week – continuing to invest in the next generation

National Apprenticeship Week – continuing to invest in the next generation

TP Matrix continues to reap the rewards of investing in apprenticeships.

Dozens of apprentices have been taken on over the past three decades with many using the programme as a platform to build their career with the company.

Service team leader Lee Allen said: “National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to recognise all our apprentices and what they’ve achieved.

“We’re very proud of them all. Working with them ensures that valuable knowledge is transferred to the next generation of engineering talent.”

The present batch of three apprentices are studying for the extended diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Mark, who is one of the trio, said: “I had previous technician experience, but no qualifications to back up my skills. TP Matrix has helped me to achieve this goal.”

Engineer Matthew Thompson is one of those passing on his experience. He originally joined as an apprentice aged 16 and has now been with the company for 25 years.   

Mentored in-house, he completed his City & Guilds levels 1 to 3 and went on to gain skills in most operational areas including PCB assembly, AV repairs, rail test and repair.

Sarah McHugh joined 15 years ago as a business administration apprentice and achieved NVQ level 3 in both Business Administration and Customer Service en route to becoming customer service manager, a wide-ranging role which covers admin, quality, logistics, health and safety.

Production manager Ian Entwistle said: “Apprenticeships are really important to TP Matrix and have proved to be a great foundation to progress within our industry.”