Dudley College graduate progresses with career at McCain Foods

Last month, McCain apprentice, Liam Watkins, was one of 130 students to graduate at Dudley College's Annual Higher Awards Ceremony, following the completion of his Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Liam, who was McCain Foods' first engineering apprentice in the UK, finished his four-year apprenticeship in September and is now working as a multi-skilled engineer in a shift team at the firm's site in Wombourne.

John Timmins, who is chair of McCain's apprenticeship steering group, said: "Liam's graduation marks a major milestone for us. He was the company's first engineering apprentice, and now we have 17 across our five manufacturing sites in the UK.

"Liam has worked hard over the past four years with the help of his mentor, Alan Kilvert, and the engineering team at Wombourne. It's certainly paid off, as we now have a valuable skilled engineer, who's been trained to understand our industry and meet McCain's high standards."

With recognised engineering qualifications and extensive on-site experience, every apprentice that follows in Liam's footsteps at McCain will graduate as a work-ready multi-skilled engineer.

Liam's tutor at Dudley College, David Reed, said: "Liam Joined Dudley College's Higher Education programme after successfully completing a BTEC in Electronics. He worked hard and quickly matured into a capable undergraduate on our Higher National Certificate course. He was always popular with students and staff, and threw himself into every activity associated with the course.

"His project, based on a process improvement at McCain, was typical of the high standard we came to expect from Liam.

"All the staff at Dudley Advanced wish him the best with his future career and hope he continues with his academic achievements."

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