Foxwood Diesel, based in Old Whittington, Chesterfield, is an engine reconditioning and rebuilding specialist for the bus and coach industries.

The business employs a number of apprentices, many of whom undertake their training with NLT Training Services. Foxwood Diesel’s Workshop Manager, Matt Jamson, is a former apprentice who completed his training with NLT Training Services.

He joined Foxwood Diesel straight from school and has since risen through the ranks to become workshop supervisor of one of the company’s two sites, managing seven members of staff. Matt has been with company 17 years and during this time staff numbers at Foxwood Diesel have doubled.

He said: “I find my job very rewarding. I enjoy the management side of the business and training the trainees. We’ve had a few apprentices over the last couple of years and it’s great seeing how interested they are in the job and watching them go from strength-to-strength as they combine on the job experience with more formal workshop training with NLT.

“Our apprentices really enjoy learning outside a formal classroom environment. The workshop facilities at NLT certainly don’t feel like a formal classroom and it’s an environment they feel comfortable learning in.”

Because of the range of specialist equipment used at Foxwood Diesel, which has a number of health and safety risks attached if used incorrectly, the company uses NLT and its trainers and workshop facilities to ensure all apprentices and trainees understand the basics and are familiar with the machines before using them on the shop floor.

Matt explained: “Because NLT offers specialist engineering training our apprentices have a good grounding in how to use machines and their tolerances in a controlled environment before they come onto the shop floor to use them properly.”

Alongside his day-to-day role as workshop supervisor Matt is now also undertaking his A1 Assessors Training with NLT Training Services which, when complete, will enable him to assess NVQ Level 2 and 3.

Not only that, but it will enable Foxwood Diesel to further develop the business and become a training centre for engine building. Matt explained: “Engine building is a skill that’s dying out but it is still very much required, especially by major transport providers – Stage Coach and Arriva. We will continue to work closely with NLT Training Services to support our training and apprenticeship needs.”