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Jordan Davies

Jordan is a Mechatronics Apprentice working in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) facilities department at Abbott Diabetes Care in Witney.
Jordan Davies
Mechatronics Apprentice
Abbott Diabetes Care

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

After finishing secondary school, Jordan went on to study at Swindon College, completing levels 1 & 2, before starting his apprenticeship at Abbot Diabetes Care.

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?

Being able to communicate is very important in my job as I have to communicate with all levels of staff within my company from my department to cleaners, operators and senior leadership staff. Being able to communicate with all of these people is vital for job completion.

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.

What’s the coolest thing about your job?

The best parts for me is through my apprenticeship I am getting paid to learn and every day is a learning day with so much that goes on there is always something new to learn. No two days are the same and I like this about my job as there is so much variety.

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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