Engineering enthusiast, Alex Gelder, has accepted a three-year apprenticeship with injection moulding specialists Fibrax Limited at its manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales.

Alex was studying towards a Level 3 Diploma in Enhanced Engineering at Deeside College when the opportunity to embark on his dream job arose in his locality. Alex was initially seeking work experience to extend his skills and knowledge of engineering within the automotive sector. He has always had a keen interest in product design and development, and throughout his formative years, he could often be found working on mechanical projects at home. His new role as an Apprentice Project Engineer will see him develop new skills in product design and project management, predominantly in the manufacture of vehicle components moulded from rubber, TPE or plastic.

Commenting on the new appointment, Glenn Griffiths, Technical Manager at Fibrax Limited, said:

"We originally met Alex at a Meet the Engineering Employer event hosted by Coleg Cambria. He immediately displayed a passion for engineering and design. He was clearly focused on developing new skills and had his sights set on the competitive world that is the automotive industry. That in itself was impressive, given his young age.

"We invited Alex to participate in a week's work experience where he and a number of his peers demonstrated great potential and all worked enthusiastically throughout. Alex stood out as having a mature attitude to his work and positive vision regarding his future. We therefore offered him an apprenticeship here at our Wrexham facility.

"Alex has quickly become an instrumental part of our team. Whilst he quietly gets on with his work, he does so with great diligence and has acquired the respect of our entire engineering team. Alex is keen to develop his own designs and take complete ownership of certain projects, which is great to see. He is extremely proactive and we have been impressed by his ability to pick up new skills quickly. We are delighted with his appointment and believe him to be a great fit for our company."

Alex is working towards a three-year apprenticeship in project engineering and will attend Deeside College on day release to complete his L3 Diploma in Technical Support in the Workplace.