Transport and Technical Services (TTS) has developed training modules for their apprentices which teach them a broad range of technical skills which will be extremely beneficial as they develop their careers.
In September last year, TTS took on eight apprentices in the mechanical, electrical and fleet management sections. Although Highlands offers day release training in areas such as welding and fabrication, TTS decided that they could provide modules of training themselves which would give the apprentices an opportunity to gain competency in a broader range of skills.
Since September, TTS has delivered just over half of its 15 module in house training scheme which covers such areas as bearings, pumps, shaft alignment and boiler maintenance. These modules, which are from one week to three weeks in length, are run by fully qualified TTS technicians. Apprentices are graded based on their attitude and skill shown and are expected to keep a log book and a portfolio of work to evidence what skills they have learnt during their apprenticeship.
TTS offers a broad scope of work across its various sections (Sewage Treatment Works, Energy from Waste plant, Ports of Jersey and in Fleet Management) and the modules are designed to cover the skills needed to service these areas. After their four years of training, apprentices who do not go on to have full time employment with TTS, will have an extensive record of experience to showcase to potential employees.
During the most recent module, the apprentices worked together on a vehicle which had been in an accident, therefore no longer roadworthy. They stripped the vehicle, worked on the engine and manufactured a rolling frame. This allowed them to encompass a lot of the skills they had already been taught and learn new ones in the process. This test platform is now complete and TTS will donate it to Highlands College for other students to learn and apply new skills whilst in either an apprenticeship or full time education.
Philip Dodd, Mechanical Engineering Manager for TTS said: “We have a lot of highly skilled staff at TTS and I am really pleased we have been able to develop this training along with the technicians that allows our staff to pass on their knowledge and which will provide long term benefit for the Island skill base.”