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First ever apprentice brings positivity to TFP

The Finishing Point (TFP) has described the positive effect welcoming its first apprentice into the team has had on the company.

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James with TFP director, James Robertson

James - whose last name we have withheld due to him being 16 - followed his dad and uncles into the print industry, both of whom have worked in the sector since leaving college over 20 years ago. He is completing a Level 3 Advanced Mechatronics Apprenticeship in partnership with TFP and Leeds College.

Through the apprenticeship, James has had the opportunity to work alongside experienced engineers on a variety of print finishing equipment including guillotines, booklet makers, folders, perfect binders, and laminators. James has also been able to gain experience operating multifunctional machines such as the Duplo DC616 and the Duplo DC618.

Engineering apprentice, James, has had the opportunity to work on a range of machines

The print industry is ideal for apprentices due to the chance to work on such a variety of jobs and machinery. Through TFP’s relationships with multiple UK print finishing equipment suppliers and its portfolio of customer, James has also had the opportunity to network and make connections.

James Robertson, director of TFP says: “TFP is committed to developing new talent and sustaining print finishing engineering services into the future. We are excited about being able to offer James the opportunity to develop his skills working alongside our engineers with both mechanical and electrical backgrounds and a combined wealth of knowledge spanning more than 120 years.”

Not only has James settled in well, but Robertson also describes how the experience has been a positive one for TFP’s customers with whom James has worked with – so much so, that the firm is now considering taking on another apprentice.

The apprenticeship is part of a partnership with TFP and Leeds College

Robertson adds: “We would highly recommend taking on an apprentice, it has been a really positive experience for us. The engineers have enjoyed sharing their knowledge and James’ enthusiasm and positivity has had an overall positive effect on the team.

“He is learning quickly and is already able to make a considerable contribution to routine maintenance just through preparing machinery for the service to be completed. We have also had a great response from customers who are always pleased to welcome James on to site and encourage his learning.”

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