DRB Group runs an apprentice swap scheme to broaden both personal and technical skills for their apprentices and their customers.

Jamie Behn and Thomas Clayton are both second year engineering apprentices from DRB’s customer, the Lubrizol Corporation, a speciality chemical manufacturer for fabric and home care products. They joined the DRB family for a week in April. Both worked alongside current DRB apprentices Beth Faulkner and Elis Randles, as well as experienced engineers Sean Ashton and Dave Gardner.

Thomas and Jamie were shown the principles of machining such as materials, tips, speeds and feeds. They then set about making various test pieces using milling and turning techniques before getting stuck into live DRB customer jobs.

Dave said, “I encouraged both to be hands-on because, in my opinion, you don’t learn unless you do it yourself. They’re both very talented lads with great futures ahead of them.”

Peter Holden, QA and Training Manager at DRB Group runs the apprentice programme. He said, “I encourage any company that has apprentices to get involved because it builds the apprentices’ confidence, communication skills, and customer focus. Our own apprentices benefit hugely from it.”

Mark Davies, Engineering Maintenance Supervisor at the Lubrizol Corporation said, “Thomas and Jamie have both returned with a real appreciation of the skilled and varied support that DRB Group provides. It’s been a great learning experience for them, and we’ll certainly reap the benefits”

If you’re interested in taking part in our apprentice swap scheme, contact Peter Holden on 01244 280280.

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