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Lucy Donaldson

Q&A with Apprentice Engineer, Lucy from Bradley Manufacturing Ltd


What did you do before an Apprenticeship?

I started A-Levels in Psychology, Criminology, and Public Services. I decided to change my career path and joined Rochdale Training to do an Apprenticeship in Engineering in September 2023. I wanted something more hands-on and practical based.

Where do you work?

Stephanie Herbert

Q&A with Apprentice, Stephanie from Blue Pits


Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?

I chose to do an Apprenticeship so I could gain more knowledge in my job role. I also wanted the experience so that I develop the skills that I need to do my job to the best of my abilities.


What skills have you developed while you have been on your Apprenticeship?

Jessica Ingham

Q&A with Apprentice Engineer, Jessica from PAR Group Ltd


What were you doing before your Apprenticeship?

I was doing Travel and Tourism in College but I decided that I wanted a change in my career prospects as I wanted something more practical that I could really get stuck into. I also wanted to develop my skills whilst being paid. I am now doing a Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship with Rochdale Training, which I started in September 2022.

Where do you work?

Harvey Walsh

Harvey started with Rochdale Training on the Future Apprenticeship Foundation in February 2023.

The course supported him in getting ready for an Apprenticeship while allowing him to gain valuable work experience in a sector he’s interested in, while also improving his employability skills, English and Maths.

Ellie Burke

Rochdale Training Apprentice, Ellie Burke is celebrating having won Apprentice of the Year at this year's Rochdale Business Awards.

The Awards were established in 2011 to celebrate and recognise the success and achievements of local businesses and business people within Rochdale.

Ellie works at Gateway Leisure supporting people with learning disabilities and now making positive changes to young adults with mental and physical health needs.

Maria Dodd

Our Star of the week is our very own Adult Apprentice, Business Administrator, Maria Dodd, who achieved 100% in her Business Admin Level 3 EPA!! We are all very proud and pleased for you at Rochdale Training, this is an excellent achievement. Maria said, “I am thrilled with my results, the support from my colleagues here at Rochdale Training has been amazing. Don't let anything set you back from achieving, if I can do it, anyone can.

Dominika Drabinova

A HUGE shoutout to one of our Learners this week: Dominika Drabinova for being the first-ever learner to achieve a Distinction for the MOET Level 3 course. We are all very proud of you at Rochdale Training. Tutor Matthew said: "Dominika was dedicated and focused throughout the learning journey. Challenging herself and others to ensure the best possible outcome was achieved by showcasing the high-level skillset and knowledge gained. Dominika's journey will definitely continue to move forward, as she has many life goals in front of her."

Well done Dominika!

Corey Seery

Bradley Manufacturing produces springs, wire forms, and pressed components - specialising in sheet metal fabrication and finishing services, including CNC manufacturing, laser cutting, punching, bending and forming, automated powder coating, and sublimation printing. The third-generation family company also has product testing and electrical assembly capabilities and has recently branched out into making LED light fittings. 

Curtis Smith

Established in 1964, Dunphy Combustion is family owned and managed. The company designs manufactures, installs, and maintains a wide range of combustion equipment, digital control solutions, and turnkey prefabricated, packaged boiler houses. Their products and services are exported worldwide and the company has won several of the Queen's Awards for Export and Innovation. Their engineers have extensive international experience with fossil and biofuel applications for heat and steam generation, CHP systems, district heating, waste-to-energy, and wastewater treatment processes.