Michelin new apprentice intake


29th August 2017

13 new recruits have joined tyre giant Michelin’s modern apprenticeship programme in Dundee.

Included in the intake are recruits from other manufacturing companies throughout Tayside and Fife, as well as two adult apprentices who are changing career from production departments within Michelin to become engineers.

David Ormond, 30, has worked for Michelin for five years and has also served in the Territorial Army as a royal electrical engineer.

He said: "I had always wanted to pursue a career in engineering as my father is an engineer and I spent a lot of time in and around his factories.

"Watching things being designed and then assembled looked so satisfying and I always enjoyed working with my hands.

"When the apprenticeship came up I didn’t think twice, it is a great opportunity to get the career I always wanted and one I thought I had lost."

He will be joined by 31-year-old production operative John Thomson who is also making a change into engineering.

Factory personnel manager Donald Mackenzie said: "We train apprentices for Michelin but also other businesses throughout the area and over the past five years we have trained 58 apprentices for external companies and 31 for Michelin in the training centre."

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The Michelin Tyre Company Ltd was incorporated in the UK in May 1905 and is now, more than one hundred years later, involved in many activities alongside its traditional tyre making business: from tyre industry training to economic development to publishing.

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