Former Engineering student Patrick James
After working his way up from the shop floor, 23-year-old Patrick James is now responsible for buying millions of pounds worth of stock each year for ventilation equipment manufacturers Hotchkiss Air Supply.
Procurement and Logistics Controller Patrick began his career at Hotchkiss seven years ago, when he also enrolled on a Level 2 welding course at City of Wolverhampton College.
As he progressed through to his Level 3 qualification and Advanced Apprenticeship, he worked his way up the career ladder and now has sole responsibility for procuring goods for Hotchkiss’ s nine sites across the UK.
Patrick, who is currently studying for his HND at college, said: “There are a lot of opportunities in the Black Country if you want a career in engineering, especially if you do a HNC or HND.
“Hotchkiss is a great company to work for and I enjoy coming in every day. I get to play with the money, look at potential products and work with suppliers from across Europe. It’s a lot of responsibility and every day is different.”