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Last week, Heald welcomed Holly and Ethan, both students at Hornsea School and Language College to the office, providing them both with an insight into the industry during their work experience placement.
Holly joined Heald in the CAD (Computer Aided Design) Department and on her first day taught herself how to use Autodesk Inventor, a 3D CAD program to create parts and assemblies. This was Holly’s first time using a 3D program, but she understood the basics of the program straight away.
Using the skills she had learnt, Holly made her own parts to test on the Plasma Cutter which were cut later in the week in Heald’s workshop. Whilst watching her creations come to life, Holly had the opportunity to learn more about how the machine works.
During her time at Heald, Holly said the experience had been positive, interesting and will definitely benefit her in the future. Holly found all the staff at Heald very welcoming and her greatest achievement was learning how to use Autodesk Inventor.
George Beastall, Design Department Manager who supervised Holly added: “Holly surprised me with her relentless thirst for learning and fantastic work ethic. She listened intently to my instructions and used online and book resources to teach herself how to use our CAD system. I wouldn’t hesitate to have Holly back in the department to help out in the future. Whatever she decides to do, I am sure she will excel at.”
Ethan spent his time at Heald in the workshop, undertaking a variety of roles in the Welding, Fabrication, Build Up and Electrical Departments.
Ethan’s first day consisted of him spending time in the Build Up department, fixing legs onto one of Heald’s products. To boost Ethan’s skill set further, he later moved onto working in the Electrics Department, where he worked on an electrical panel. Speaking about what he enjoyed the most, Ethan shared that he found both areas extremely fascinating due to requiring different skill sets.
Ethan also commented on how the experience has helped him decide what he would like to do when he is older. Due to learning a variety of skills in different departments, Ethan explained that he could see himself getting an apprenticeship in the same field and didn’t want to stop working!
Rob Burrows, Workshop Manager added: “Ethan has worked really hard this week and fitted in straight away with the Heald team. Ethan has demonstrated and learnt a number of skills which I am sure he will be able to use in whatever career path he chooses in the future.”
Supporting Young People
Heald thrive to support young people with learning and developing their skills and have recently attended events at Hornsea School and Language College and Headlands School. A huge advocate of apprenticeships, Heald offer these qualifications wherever possible and currently have six staff members taking part in the apprenticeship scheme.
Managing Director, Debbie Heald MBE Commented: “We were delighted to welcome Holly and Ethan to Heald last week. It is really important for young students to develop their skills in an area they see themselves progressing in. We are always willing to support young people and we also promote STEM opportunities within the company, as well as apprenticeships.”
If you would like to get involved in a work experience placement at Heald or simply want to find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org today with the subject line ‘Heald Opportunities’.