Young engineer Shane Hutton is leading the way for a new wave of apprentices at a Hampshire manufacturing firm.
He has become the first trainee from Fareham-based Barnbrook Systems Ltd to attend the Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST).
Fareham College runs the purpose-built facility in the Solent Enterprise Zone at the Daedalus airfield, Lee-on-the-Solent.
Shane has begun a one year qualification in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at level two and after completing this will go on to progress to do level three for a further two years.
He is among a new generation of young trainee technicians, apprentices and graduates driving innovation at Barnbrook Systems.
Previous apprentices have completed courses through other training providers, but Shane is the first to attend CEMAST since it opened in 2014.
Shane said: “CEMAST is a superb facility.
“As well the chance to develop new skills, build competency and gain qualifications, I am mixing with like-minded apprentices.
“It really is a step-change in my career and I intend to grab the opportunity with both hands.”
Shane has penned a six-year contract, which could see him advance to higher qualifications and a degree after successfully completing his level two course.
Barnbrook Systems managing director Tony Barnett said: “We’re delighted to give Shane this opportunity.
“We have a policy if investing in youth and look forward to sending more of our talented young people to CEMAST.”
Other young graduates and trainees include James Allpress, Joel Hedges, Maria Vaquerizo, Joe Stokes and Jack Wei.
Barnbrook Systems has clients worldwide in multiple sectors, including aerospace, defence, rail, maritime and commercial industries.
Tony was recently interviewed for his views about Brexit by American Public Media, the largest public radio organisation in the US.
Barnbrook Systems is the headline sponsor of the new Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) awards being held on May 29.