I joined Midland Quarry Products on the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, based at Cliffe Hill Quarry in September 2002. I attended Leicestershire Engineering Training Group (L.E.T.G) on a month on month off basis between the college and work to complete NVQ 2 is basic engineering.
I then attended Leicester College at Abbey Park and successfully completed the BTEC National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. During this time I had joined the Electrical Department at Cliffe Hill working within the team and gaining experience along with gaining NVQ 3 in Maintenance Engineering.
After completing my Apprenticeship I attended Leicester College and completed successfully the HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. At this point I had moved over to the Fitting Department of the Engineering team to gain experience on that side for 18 months.
After moving back over to the electrical department I began my HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. After this 1 year course I moved on to Derby University and started the D.A.P.S course, (Diploma in Quarry Technology). By Aug 2010 I had successfully completed that 3 year course. At this point I was drafted in as part of a team attending 3 days of work learning about reducing our carbon footprint within the company and integrating that into the company.
I then went on to run the carbon and energy reduction processes at Cliffe Hill locating and making energy savings where possible along with providing cover as an electrician when required or requested to do so.
I then moved into the position of Asphalt Production Supervisor, working at Cliffe Hill to begin with and now I am the Supervisor for our Asphalt Plants at Northampton and Groby.
Training is ongoing for me; I am currently enrolled to complete the D.A.P.S course in Asphalt Technology at Derby University along with an internal course 'Practiced Hanson Manager' and I am now a Member of the institute of Quarrying.
I enjoy my role within the company, it is different to what I used to do, gains me valuable experience on the asphalt side and adds to the knowledge I possess about the company.
The team I work with are brilliant. MQP has provided me with the opportunity to gain my Apprenticeship, be a member of the electrical maintenance department, develop into a Supervisory role and have provided training, help and guidance along the way to achieve this.
I feel I owe a great deal of thanks for my success to those Electricians and Fitters at MQP who have passed on their knowledge and expertise through on the job training. This has resulted in me feeling like a valuable part of the team.
I enjoy working for MQP as there are different challenges everyday, the people I work with are good people and work together as a team to get the job done. I feel a sense of achievement at the end of each day knowing I have done my best and the plant is running and producing the material required.
MQP have shown a lot of faith in me pushing me further to achieve more.