After completing their BTEC in Engineering at One, David Williams and Jake Lay-Flurrie started at Superstructures this month as apprentice structural engineers. They will be working alongside the 14-strong team helping to provide structural engineering and design services throughout East Anglia.
David and Jake join fellow apprentices and ex-One students Lee Allender, who was appointed in 2020, and Liam Swann, who joined the business in 2019. As part of their apprenticeship, they are all studying for their degrees at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
David Williams is settling into a work environment and is happy to be working at Superstructures. He said.
“The course I completed at One prepared me for this apprenticeship. Working towards my degree in this way is excellent - as all the costs are paid for by the business, and at the same time as studying, I am gaining real life work experience.”
Jake Lay-Flurrie agrees with David and added.
“Since starting the job, I have learnt a lot more than I thought I would. My teachers were very supportive and if I hadn’t done this particular course at One, I don’t think I would have been able to take advantage of the opportunity with Superstructures.”
Careers Co-ordinator at One Gaynor Marsh, said: "Part of our focus is to give our students employment connections and networking opportunities with brilliant local companies like Superstructures.
"The fact that four of our former students are now working with Superstructures is a perfect example of education and industry working seamlessly together for the long-term benefit of the community and our economy."
James Potter, Managing Director of Superstructures commented.
“The relationship with One and the degree apprenticeship initiative has been a great success for us. The addition of Liam, Lee, David and Jake means that we're building a team for the future. Having well-rounded young people in the business that we can develop alongside their education is, absolutely, the way forward and enables us to keep growing as a company.”
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Notes to the Editor
1) One Sixth Form College is part of the Eastern Colleges Group - a collective of post-16 education providers (including West Suffolk College and Abbeygate Sixth Form in Bury St Edmunds), sharing the same strategic aims and is committed to providing outstanding vocational and academic excellence to over 15,000 students across the region. For more information visit www.wsc.ac.uk, www.abbeygatesfc.ac.uk and www.suffolkone.ac.uk
2) The photo has been supplied by the Eastern Colleges Group and shows from left to right – Liam Swann, Lee Allender, James Potter, Jake Lay-Flurrie and David Williams.
3) For further information, please call Sue Willcock on 07889 815516.
4) Jake Lay-Flurrie was one of four people to win the Changing Lives Special Recognition award in the 2020 Suffolk Business Awards, for his work in producing much needed PPE for the NHS, care workers and his community with a 3D printer.