As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Tangmere is sharing their very own apprenticeship story, with engineering apprentice, Will Crossman, who joined Tangmere last November to work in Maintenance Operations.
Will’s apprenticeship at Tangmere combines on the job learning while studying for his Maintenance Engineering Level 3 qualification with local training organisation PETA Ltd.
Will explains why he decided to apply for the apprenticeship: “I knew University was not for me, I have always enjoyed hands-on practical work and my passion is fixing things on cars, trucks and boats, so engineering was something I wanted to get into. An apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to develop my technical skills through work experience and education.”
Engineering is a vital part of everyday business at Tangmere. Technology and process innovations help the grower to continually improve their business performance and preventative maintenance ensures they operate efficiently. Will supports the team who are responsible for the energy hub - a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system that helps with efficient energy use across the business, also the temperature-controlled packhouse; equipped with the latest fresh produce packing technology.
Will enjoys the mix of activities that each area of the business brings. He says: “I can be doing computer-based preventative maintenance to keep the engines and generators performing or putting practical learning to use by changing motors. My apprenticeship at Tangmere also gives me the opportunity to be involved in new designs and contribute to problem solving ideas.”
Will’s mentor, CHP Manager, Nathan Clark says: “Supporting Will and having the opportunity to mentor him on his career path is very satisfying. He has great drive and personality which he brings to the role, making for a good working dynamic.”