There have been three large scale developments in Tobermore in Luke’s time as an apprentice there, including a new state-of-the-art £8.6 million production facility at their site. This brings the total number of factories based at their manufacturing headquarters to 10 in total and spread over an impressive 64 acres of land. Tobermore of one of the largest manufacturing employers in Northern Ireland with over 460 staff.
Luke is an advocate for anyone who is wondering about going down the apprenticeship route to progress in their career:
“If you’re going in straight away to an apprenticeship, you’re getting the work experience and the qualification as you move through each week, compared to just studying at university. You might come out with a good qualification there but up against an apprentice who has been in the work environment; has the know-how, understanding of equipment, processes and the way a business works, you’re in a better position as an apprentice to step into a job once you’re qualified.”
Christopher Devlin, Engineering lecturer at South West College said:
“Luke is an excellent student and a good example of what can be achieved with an apprenticeship at South West College. His hard work and determination are clear for all to see and it's really paying off for him. The close relationship we enjoy with a reputable employer like Tobermore can only benefit the industry as a whole and ensure the skills required are there for engineering in the locality continues to thrive.”
If you’re interested in following in Luke’s footsteps – you can book yourself a spot on our online event ‘All About Apprenticeships’ on 9th
February. Get a 15 minute consultation with a member of the SWC apprenticeship team for some expert advice and friendly guidance for anyone wanting to embark on an apprenticeship as their career path.