Inspired by a family of engineers, apprentice toolmaker Jay Malone is delighted to be stamping out a hands-on career for himself at Paragon Toolmaking.
With around 60 per cent of our current workforce having come through the in-house apprenticeship scheme, Jay is following in the footsteps of many successful toolmakers.
At the end of July, the 19-year-old will be hoping all his hard work pays off when he attends the glittering ‘Made in Yorkshire’ awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds.
Having been nominated for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award, Jay is competing against a host of individuals who have made an excellent contribution to their employer and shown great potential for the future.
Regardless of whether he wins or not, the former Howden High School pupil is thrilled to be representing Paragon Toolmaking – and continuing a family tradition.
Jay explained: “My interest in engineering stems from my family as my Grandad and Dad both worked for shipyards at Goole Docks. I suppose you could say it’s in the blood.
“I feel proud that my work has been recognised. It is an honour that Paragon have put me forward for the ‘Made in Yorkshire’ awards and I’m really looking forward to attending the ceremony.”
As part of his extensive toolmaking education, Jay has had to take part in a combination of practical and theory-based learning through an apprenticeship course run in conjunction with Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).
Whilst he is still learning under the watchful eye of his experienced mentors here at Paragon Toolmaking, Jay also appreciates the role HETA have played in his development.
“I’m quite a practical person, so HETA’s hands-on approach has been a great way for me to learn whilst working,” he said.
“The variety of learning on offer at HETA has kept me really engaged. It’s been good to switch from the factory to classroom as it’s helped me to understand the theory behind the practical work we do here at Paragon.”
So, what advice would he give to someone who may want to follow in his footsteps and start a career in the toolmaking industry?
“Go for it! If you have an interest in engineering or tools and you’re willing to learn, it can be an extremely enjoyable and rewarding job.”