Abbott Diabetes Care
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
Jordan won an “Outstanding skills and attitude award” from the college in his first year, recognising his hard work and dedication to succeed and was selected to meet VIP visitors due to his nature and hardworking attitude.
In Jordan’s first year with Abbott, he started out in the research and development department using milling machines, lathes and other equipment to manufacture parts for the company. Jordan then moved on to the strip manufacturing department, where he spent a lot of time refurbishing parts of the machines that are used to make their products. He says “This was great as it allowed me to see how parts worked together and it gave me a great appreciation of how parts and equipment are designed to fit together and work”.
In his first year, he took the lead in a project to design an item that would make a cost-saving for the company. Jordan worked extra hours and strived to get a perfect finish enabling staff to use handheld cameras for investigation over again without breakage, avoiding cost of ordering new units. Whilst researching for the camera project, he identified another cost saving initiative which was successfully implemented not only at the Witney site but in the U.S.
Jordan now works in the HVAC department which looks after all behind the scenes parts of the site, from gas and water to air conditioning of the rooms and keeping them in specification. He is now capable of servicing and fault-finding on complex systems independently. In addition to his brilliant work, he is known within the company as a good mentor to newer Apprentices and goes out of his way to make sure they feel welcome and reassured.
What does your job involve?
Attention to detail is crucial as there are so many variables that I have to deal with in order for the jobs and large projects that I have to complete to be precise and accurate.
Willingness/ good attitude for job completion, there has been many times where I have started a job which has led to uncovering lots of problems that must be resolved. Setbacks can bring you down sometimes but knowing the job needs to be completed fuels me to sort out all of the issues.
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What do you plan to do next?
I hope to continue my career within the facilities department and go onto complete a level 3 NVQ in refrigeration and air conditioning, I hope to achieve this qualification to help the workload within the department and to develop my skills.
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