Apprentice Diaries – Donald Whitehead

Written by Oliver Muscat on January 12th 2024

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Apprentice Diaries

Hello! My name is Donald Whitehead and I have joined Exyte Hargreaves as a Fabrication & Welding Apprentice. In my first couple month at Hargreaves I really cant complain as everyone has been very welcoming. I’ve enjoyed the work that I’m given as I love hands on work. I dislike just sitting doing work so it’s my ideal workplace. In the first month I was ushered into my role after I completed the health and safety checks.

Fabrication & Welding

Fabrication & Welding

Icon Awards

In my job role I’ve done a mix of stuff already! Firstly I helped create the Icon Award trophies for the recent Hargreaves Icon Awards that was awarded to 6 of our employees that have represented our 6 core values exceptionally well. A few other things I am learning is press plate folding, grinding, flanges and TIG welding. Also I am getting used to the tungsten through shadowing Tom Oglesby (Manufacturing Operative) and familiarising myself with the machines, people and factory. I will be improving these everyday to become a strong member of our manufacturing team. Right now I am practicing to receive my coding in welding meaning afterwards I will be tacking up our projects.


My Apprenticeship Experience so far!

I chose the Fabrication & Welding Apprentice because I had vague knowledge on welding and have a small amount of experience on it but not enough. When I was introduced to Exyte Hargreaves and learnt about the opportunities this place gives and equally the company structure and Manufacturing facility is second to none. My apprenticeship programme is a 3 year course and so far I am welding  together a large toolbox at college as it is my project.

One of my main interests is football, I enjoy playing it with my mates and I support Manchester United. Also I love walking our dog which is a Bedlington cross called Archie with my Mrs. She has a horse called Ted so I help with cleaning the horse and the stables so when I'm walking the dog, she will ride her horse next to us. Another interest of mine is running and I am training for an upcoming marathon event.

Donald Whitehead

Fabrication & Welding Apprentice

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