I commenced an apprenticeship with Quinn Packaging in September 2014. I am currently working towards my level 2 qualifications. I attend South West College 2 days per week and cover electrical and mechanical modules. I hope to complete my level 2 by March 2016.
During my 3 days in work I spend most of time in the tool room working on insert changes which involves stripping the tools taking the inserts out and putting new or different inserts in. In addition I check the tools and cutting plates to ensure they are sharp enough for purpose.
I have recently been spending some time on the production floor assisting the maintenance fitters with production repairs and observing tool changes. I am learning lots of different skills on a weekly basis.
I am currently completing my work log book which details all of the tasks I have completed to date.
I am supervised every day which is very helpful as I am always guided on how to perform the tasks.
On completion of level 2 I will be able to decide if I want to progress down the Electrical or Mechanical route to complete my level 3 qualification.
I am really enjoying my time in Packaging and would recommend an apprenticeship route if you are interested in engineering.