Employer Partners Success Stories

At The JCB Academy we are extremely proud that since being founded in 2010, over 600 of our learners have gone on to work in the engineering and business sectors either through apprenticeships or employment in local, regional and national organisations.

You can view some of our success stories on our sixth form website by clicking here.

Recent accolades from former students:

No.1 in the UK
Holly Broadhurst, was crowned the best in the UK at the 2017 National Apprenticeship Awards.
Holly gained a Higher Apprenticeship at JCB after she completed her studies at The JCB Academy Sixth Form. Holly said;“The key difference for me was that the learning was not based in a textbook; it meant that you gained real life experience within global companies, making you ready to be integrated into them in the future. In addition, the A-levels were based around engineering issues, which naturally made them more interesting and easier to understand.”

No.1 in the Midlands
Ashley Hopwell, was crowned the best in the Midlands at the 2017 regional EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. Ashley gained a Higher Apprenticeship at Jaguar Land Rover after he completed his studies at The JCB Academy Sixth Form. Ashley said; “Choosing to attend The JCB Academy Sixth Form is a decision I will never regret, the opportunities that have been unlocked as a result of studying there have been endless. Attending a sixth form with a name such as The JCB Academy shows future employers that I was passionate about forming my career in engineering from a young age.”

No.1 in Staffordshire
Louise Meredith, was crowned the best in Staffordshire at the Chambers of Commerce Business Awards. Louise gained a Higher Apprenticeship at JCB after she completed her studies at The JCB Academy Sixth Form. Louise said; “The JCB Academy gave me the foundations that prepared me for my apprenticeship at JCB. The exposure of working on real life projects with industry partners gave me an insight into engineering and working alongside staff with engineering backgrounds made all the difference.”

North West Apprentice Champion and Bentley Apprentice of the Year for 2018
Former JCB Academy & Sixth Form learner and a Bentley Motors Manufacturing Strategy Engineer, Phoebe Jay, has recently been crowned the North-West Apprentice Champion of the year. Phoebe said “I recognise how much an apprenticeship was absolutely the right choice for me. I loved it so much, I’m currently undertaking another one for my degree! I strongly advocate this route to learners and school leavers, as well as supporting and celebrating other apprentices. This award recognise my efforts and I’m incredibly thankful for it.”

Bentley Apprentice of the Year for 2019
Lewis Clarke, a Body and Trim Engineer, was selected from 72 apprentices studying across 8 different apprenticeship pathways. Lewis joined Bentley in 2014 on the Junior Engineer Apprenticeship Programme. Alongside the apprenticeship study, Lewis is a STEM Ambassador, a student Mentor at Crewe UTC and has been part of the North West Young Apprentice Ambassador network. Commenting on the accolade, Lewis said: “It is great to receive this award and to be recognised for going over and above throughout my apprenticeship. The skills I have learnt and the opportunities I have been given have helped me develop and can be applied within my current role.”