Leo is an apprentice Quality Engineer completing the Technical Support standard. He works within the quality department of Mitre Plastics who manufacture plastic injected mouldings predominantly for the automotive market.
After leaving school, Leo was certain that a career in engineering was for him, saying: "my Dad is a welder which is something that definitely inspired me when making my decision - the sector runs in the family!"
Having completed the Foundation elements of the Engineering Technicians standard, Leo is now working on the technical support to an industry requiring the highest standard of quality, traceability and detailed compliance. Leo is already a respected member of his team, with an unprecedented knowledge of automotive industry standards with an ability to use production data, identify component fault and evaluate the results for Root Cause Analysis.
Through the three key aspects of the Engineering Technician Standard - Leo’s knowledge, skills and behaviour have provided the company's managers with the confidence to give him responsibility for a key client with the remit to improve and maintain quality of their product.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship and have picked up a great deal of knowledge alongside developing practical skills. Mitre Plastics have been so supportive - I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
"My tutors at the College are really knowledgable and are always willing to answer your questions - I also like that the class sizes are fairly small. The campus is brilliant, too; the facilities are really modern and the location makes it easy to get to however you choose to travel."
"I'd highly recommend going down the route of an apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn and are likely to gain employment following your experience.
"After I've completed my qualification, I would like to complete both a HNC and a HND in engineering - I feel like my studies so far have helped me to get there!"