James (Jimmy) Henson is the latest PEME engineer to graduate from the College of West Anglia having been sponsored by PEME to complete an engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC).
PEME strongly believes in developing engineering talent from within the company and Jimmy is a good example of how this investment through apprenticeships, internal training and mentoring through to higher education has helped him forge an excellent career in the engineering sector.
Jimmy is a product of the PEME Apprenticeship scheme being a time-served Mechanical technician and a qualified Mechanical designer / draughtsman. He is now employed as a Reliability Engineer working in Asset Care, maintenance planner and Condition Monitoring roles.
His HNC was a 2 year part time course which he attended every Thursday at the College of West Anglia in Wisbech. The course involved a wide range of engineering topics allowing him to gain knowledge in key areas such as Health & Safety and risk assessments; Project design (implementation and evaluation); Managing people; Mechanical principles; Materials engineering; Computer-aided drafting and design; Engineering science and Analytical methods.
When asked what elements of the course he enjoyed the most, Jimmy said “I enjoyed using the latest software available to assist in providing solutions for today’s engineering challenges’, for example, the latest Solid Works drawing package. Coming from a design background this was a subject I found interesting. I also enjoyed the business studies and managing people modules which allowed me to learn established business models and new ideas. I also believe I looked good in the cap and gown”
Karen Pike, PEME Associate Director with responsibility for overseeing all staff recruitment, training and development said “I am really pleased that Jimmy has graduated knowing how hard he has worked to complete this course. He has developed into an excellent engineer with broad experience and skill-sets and this academic training will complement the vocational training we have provided for him.”