Case Study - Toby Woodhead: Mechanical fitting engineer apprentice, CarnaudMetalBox
23 June 2021

Case Study - Toby Woodhead: Mechanical fitting engineer apprentice, CarnaudMetalBox

Toby Woodhead has engineering in his genes and is following in his grandad’s footsteps as an engineering apprentice.

Thanks to the opportunities presented through his apprenticeship at Bradford-based canmaking machinery manufacturers CarnaudMetalBox Engineering, Toby hopes to travel the world and ultimately, become a company director.

Currently in his second year as a mechanical fitting engineer apprentice Toby has a varied, hands-on role which runs alongside a structured training programme.

“As I become more skilled and experienced in the areas my training covers, I begin to learn new skills with my mentor and then work independently in the areas I have learnt,” Toby explained.

“The next step for me in my apprenticeship is to start learning how to test run the built machines to ensure the assembly has been done correctly so there are no issues before we begin making the actual cans – there is a lot of precision involved with working to microns on the critical parts. My ultimate goal is to become a part of the service team at CarnaudMetalBox as I want to travel and see the world and then work my way up to becoming a director of the company.”

He added: “An apprenticeship has been a fantastic experience for me and I would 100% recommend it. I believe schools should encourage and advise this pathway to many more pupils and students.”

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