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Former HETA Apprentice rising star

19th February 2020

Joshua Cooper completed his A-levels in 2014 and shortly after joined HETA. He was originally interested in going to University to study Mechanical Engineering, but said that "he felt that the apprenticeship route would be more beneficial offering “hands on” experience."  Following the recruitment process at HETA, he was able to secure an interview with Associated British Ports (ABP). Having been successful, he was offered a four-year advanced apprenticeship in mechanical engineering.

The first year of the apprenticeship involved training at HETA in Hull. Whilst there he learnt several skills, ranging from CAD CAM Software to being able to use machines such as Milling Machines, Lathes, Bandsaws and Pillar Drills. He also learnt several hand skills such as filing and parts assembly.

"Learning these skills helped make the transition into industry much easier, especially whilst working at Associated British Ports where we deal with anything from a small hydraulic pump, to 400 tonne cranes."

After starting at ABP in 2016, he continued to further his education with programs offered by HETA. He have managed to achieve Distinctions in a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND), all whilst continuing to work for ABP.  

"I was able to keep a good work life balance by staying on top of my assignments. I gave myself time throughout the week to dedicate to getting the assignments or reports completed. Rather than leaving it all to the last minute, this gave me time to go back through them and ensure they were up to the standard to achieve the grades I wanted."

In 2019, Joshua was nominated for Hull and East Yorkshires People in Business Apprentice of the Year Award. Unfortunately, he narrowly missed the top spot, and ended up being the Runner Up. That didn’t let this hold him back and went onto win Overall Apprentice of the Year and the Overall Engineering Apprentice of the year at the 2019 ABP Apprentice Awards.

Joshua has now secured a full-time position as a Mechanical Engineer for ABP and is looking at continuing his education through a Degree.  "None of this would have been possible without starting at HETA and getting an apprenticeship. If you are wanting to get into the engineering field, but unsure how to start, I would highly recommend an apprenticeship with HETA."