Meet the apprentice – Jack Lynes, Billy Bowie Tankers

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2015 we will be releasing video case studies of current students at various stages of their apprenticeships. First up is Apprentice HGV Fitter Jack Lynes at Billy Bowie Tankers.

Jack Lynes, Modern apprentice

19-year-old Jack Lynes is coming to the end of his first year as an apprentice at Billy Bowie Tankers in Kilmarnock. He currently attends Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock campus on a day release arrangement studying Level 2 Car Mechanics (Heavy).

While he was at Stewarton Academy, Jack knew he wasn’t suited to working in an office environment. He knew he wanted to work with his hands, but he wasn’t sure about what work he should be doing. So, last year he decided to attend a jobs fare at the Palace Theatre organised by the local MP, where he gravitated towards the Billy Bowie Tankers stall.

“Once I got talking to the guys from Billy Bowie, I felt this apprenticeship was definitely the right thing for me.” Jack said.

And for Douglas Bowie, Fleet Operations Manager at Billy Bowie Tankers, the feeling was mutual.

“It was a very straightforward process getting an apprentice. We went to a jobs fair with the idea of wanting an apprentice and that got the wheels running. Jack approached us and said he was unemployed and looking for a start as an apprentice.

“After that, we spoke to the College and East Ayrshire Council and between us we managed to put a package together and offer Jack a job.”

Jack when he started his apprenticeship a year ago

So, what made Jack feel an apprentice was the right route for him to take?

“The apprenticeship’s right for me because it’s the right mix between learning at college and getting the practical experience in the workplace. Some things can go wrong in the workplace and jobs often take longer than they do at college.

“I think the apprenticeship route to reach your goal further on in life is the best way to do it. You’re getting the papers behind you by going to college, and you’re getting the benefit of being in the workplace.” Jack said.

Jack’s boss Douglas said, “Jack has come on leaps and bounds in his first year. When he first came to us, he could hardly hold a spanner. A year later, we’ve got him working with minimum supervision.”

Jack’s long term ambition is to become the boss of a garage. Perhaps one day we will see Jack Lynes Tankers driving on the streets of Ayrshire! For now, hear more from Jack and his employer in this video.


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