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Expanded metal mesh specialist welcomes new apprentices

5 March 2019

Hartlepool-based expanded metal mesh manufacturer The Expanded Metal Company has taken on three new apprentices as part of its ongoing commitment to workforce development.

Thomas Harvey, 17 and Daniel Wearmouth, age 18, from Hartlepool have joined The Expanded Metal Company as apprentice machine setters, while Ben Job, age 21, from Newcastle, has joined the company in the position of apprentice tool setter. They will support in the manufacture of metal mesh products.

Both Daniel and Thomas attend East Durham College where they are working towards completing an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations before moving onto a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Ben, who also attends East Durham College, is studying to obtain a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

Combined with classroom-based learning, the apprenticeship programme will help Daniel, Thomas and Ben gain hands-on experience and skills at The Expanded Metal Company’s 25,000 sqm site in Hartlepool.

The Expanded Metal Company supplies high quality expanded metal mesh products for sectors including construction, filtration, engineering, transport, utilities, automotive, aerospace and architecture. It also serves the security sector and has its own security range, ExMesh™, which offers a wide range of innovative fencing systems and security solutions.

Commenting on his apprenticeship, Thomas Harvey, said: “Prior to joining The Expanded Metal Company I studied Welding Fabrication at Hartlepool College of Further Education. This apprenticeship provided an opportunity to further develop the skills I gained through the course. So far, I’ve learned a lot about how to operate the specialist machinery used in the manufacturing process here.”

Daniel Wearmouth added: “We learn something new every day as we work on hundreds of products on a daily basis. I want to have a career in engineering and The Expanded Metal Company has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to take the first step towards this.”

Commenting on the apprenticeship programme, Philip Astley, managing director of The Expanded Metal Company, said: “We have decades of expertise in expanded metal mesh manufacturing here at our facility in Hartlepool – and through the apprenticeship programme, we are giving young people from the area an opportunity to learn specialist manufacturing skills.

“The apprenticeship programme is a vital component in our workforce development strategy and is helping us to build for the future.

“I am delighted to welcome Thomas, Daniel and Ben to the team and look forward to seeing them thrive at The Expanded Metal Company.”

The Expanded Metal Company has a rich industrial heritage dating back to 1889 and was founded by John French Golding, the inventor and patentee of expanded metal.

The firm works closely with contractors and end users to create bespoke solutions for their projects, drawing on its extensive design and manufacturing expertise, and high-class production capabilities.

It stocks and supplies a wide range of high quality expanded metal mesh products and offers specialist capabilities in metal work, such as cutting, welding, drilling, punching, shearing and roll forming.

The firm was previously part of the Expamet group of companies.

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