Featured Apprentice of the Month

Dominic Davis Cammell Laird

Dominic started a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Fabrication & Welding Engineering at The Engineering College in 2013 and excelled whilst on programme.  Dominic showed notable commitment, completing his apprenticeship ahead of time, to standards higher than expected of a qualified tradesman.  Due to this Dominic became the only apprentice and one of only five people in the entire workforce to be trained and qualified in the use of a specific piece of welding equipment.  This has never been achieved before with an apprentice at Cammell Laird. 

Award success

Dominic won The Engineering College prestigious Welder of the Year Award in 2016 and this success lead to his supervisors giving him further responsibility which he enjoys:

“I have helped other colleagues learn new skills by working together in a team.  I was part of a team of 7 apprentices who won the Fairbridge award, a national competition where we worked without any supervisor or mentors to start and complete a project and raised 25k for a worthy charity”

Self Belief

Dominic became an apprentice fabricator/welder at Cammell Laird when he was 18.

“The opportunity excited me as it was a chance to learn new skills and gain experience in an area that will face a large skills gap in the future. In my role as a welder, I use a range of tools and equipment including a Moggy, Sub Arch and MIG & TIG welding.  I am one of only five coded welders at Cammell Laird who can use the Sub Arc machine.  My varied skills mean I get to work all over the yard – in construction and ship repair, and with different teams.

I’m not originally from this area – I moved away from my family to progress in my career and start this apprenticeship.  This has given me self-confidence and belief in myself.  I have my own family now, which motivated me even more to succeed.  I am always looking to learn new things, which not only benefits myself but Cammell Laird, when bidding for new business.

Life and work skills

“Apprentices at Cammell Laird focus on team work and getting the job done right first time.  We work together to get our Apprenticeships coursework completed, and also prioritise supporting the newer apprentices.  I have been demonstrating the Sub Arch too to other apprentices and helping them to complete job reports in the correct format.  I promote Apprenticeships in Cammell Laird through my work with charities, such as Cash for Kids and Tall Ships.  Working as an apprentice has given me so much experience in life and work skills. I am already looking to further my career by moving into quality assurance & control by enrolling onto a CSWIP course and becoming a welding inspector.”

Tutors from The Engineering College added:

“During his apprenticeship, Dominic met all deadlines regarding targets set at reviews and was the first person out of his cohort to complete.“

Dominic has been nominated for the GTA National Apprenticeship of the year Award 2017

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