Wheatley Plastics chooses college for apprenticeship training


27 Mar 2023
Wheatley Plastics company logo - Red and blue writing on a white background
Wheatley Plastics company logo - Red and blue writing on a white background

A leading provider of plastic injection moulding services has chosen City of Wolverhampton College to deliver technical apprenticeship training to two if its employees. 

Wheatley Plastics, based in Stockport, has enrolled the two staff on a three-year science industry manufacturing technician Level 3 apprenticeship and they will attend technical training at the college’s Polymer Training and Innovation Centre (PTIC), in Telford, on a block release basis. 

The duo – Luke Timblin and Michal Sekula – will complete knowledge-based assignments and injection moulding practical assessments, sit and an external examination and gather evidence for an end point assessment which will demonstrate that they have developed the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by their apprenticeship standard. 

The apprenticeship covers a range of units – including polymer materials, injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding and thermoforming technology, safe mould change procedures and Lean manufacturing – and aims to develop well-rounded polymer processing technicians who will have the skills and knowledge to take on lead roles within an organisation. 

Stephen Harratt, account manager at PITC said: “We have worked with Wheatley Plastics over the past 25 years in developing the technical knowledge of its employees through our short-duration technical training courses. 

“This is the first time the company has used PTIC for apprenticeship training and we are looking forward to seeing Luke and Michal progress through their programme.”  

Gary Knight, managing director at Wheatley Plastics said: “Wheatley Plastics is on the path to achieving world class manufacturing status and we are totally committed to the development of our team.  

“PTIC has been instrumental in providing excellent training over the years to our growing team and we are very excited for Luke and Michal as they embark on this exciting skills journey.” 

Get details of the level 3 science and manufacturing apprenticeship here