Joe Kennie – Engineering Apprentice with Yamazaki Mazak Ltd

Joe Kennie - Engineering Apprentice with Yamazaki Mazak Ltd

Here is an example of someone who came to one our Open Evenings and where his journey in Engineering began……

Joe truly is a role model for apprentices and other young people within the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector with Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd. During his time as an apprentice, Joe has developed a high level of skill in various machining disciplines. He has experience of all 5 machining areas (Jig Boring, Grinding, Turning, Automated Machining and Heavy Machining) in the factory. He is now fully competent and flexible to cover many of Mazak’s complex machines. He is currently setting and operating a VERSATECH V-140N/280 Smooth which is a 5-Axis machining centre which produces beds for new CNC machine tools. He is also able to inspect these parts and adapt programmes to ensure high quality. Joe is already making a major contribution to the production of machines due to his high level of skill, attention to detail and flexibility. He is involved with numerous Kaizen projects from gathering data to instigating suggestions to make processes more efficient. For instance, he has managed to halve the time for cleaning down machining tables by producing a slot cleaner and designed a new measurement laser stand.

Joe regularly volunteers to take part in our various outreach activities and careers events. His enthusiasm and passion for engineering has undoubtedly inspired countless young people to consider careers in Engineering. A recent work experience student, who applied for our 2018 apprenticeship, said how much he enjoyed working with Joe and that Joe has helped him to decide what branch of engineering to explore.

Joe volunteers in his own time to take part in the Soapbox Race which is a charity event. Most apprentices end their involvement in the Soap Box Challenge after their first year at the training centre at WGTA, but Joe has continued to support this worthy cause for the last 3 years. This event raises money and demonstrates to other young people how they can apply their skills in hobbies and activities outside of the work place.
Now towards the end of his apprenticeship, he has taken new apprentices under his wing and has been a mentor to them. The feedback from other these apprentices has been excellent. They all have benefited from his experience in terms of the hands on work, but also his general, practical advice from somebody who has been through the process himself.


Joe has earned the respect of everyone that has come into contact with him, from lecturers to Mazak employees. Indeed, his exploits throughout his apprenticeship has led to him winning the WGTA – 2017 Post First Year Craft Apprentice of the Year (pictured with his trophy presented by Justin Hughes – Red Arrows pilot). He has impressed at every stage of his apprenticeship and is already a highly valued and regarded member of the Mazak team.

Interested? Come and visit our brand NEW training facility at McKenzie Way, Worcester WR4 9GN for Engineering, Customer Service, Business Administration, Accountancy and Stores & Warehousing.

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