Dukinfield apprentice lands his dream job

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A Dukinfield resident has landed his dream job as a mechanic after working his way through an apprenticeship programme.

Adam Coop, 20, started his apprenticeship with Tameside Council in 2016 and after completing his course is now a permanent member of the team.

He has thrived in his career thanks to his own hard work and the support he's received. Adam said: "I did a three year apprenticeship with the council in HGV/Plant Fitter NVQ Level 3, this included one day a week at college and on-the-job training for the four other days."

When he started his apprenticeship, Adam was learning on the job while supporting repairs and services to vehicles and plant equipment.

Adam always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a mechanic and has loved the opportunities he has had through his apprenticeship.

He said: "Doing this apprenticeship meant I would be working on all the different fleet of vehicles the council owns and still going to college for my qualification plus being paid as well."

After completing his apprenticeship in 2019, Adam now works for Tameside Council as a full time engineering officer where his main responsibility is servicing and repairs on equipment from lawn mowers to JCBs.

Adam added: "I feel proud to work for TMBC and the fact I have worked hard to become a fully qualified fitter. I enjoy working for Tameside Council and would like to progress through the organisation, maybe one day I'll be a supervisor or manager of the team."

Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: "By supporting a wide range of apprenticeships within Tameside Council we help to nurture and develop talent across our organisation for future generations. I'm proud that Tameside Council offers, and will continue to offer, a varied apprenticeship programme for individuals from the borough and beyond."