Thomas Casey and Callum McCarthy share their experience of the work-based learning Modern Apprenticeship scheme while working for the Bathgate-based firm Robbie Fluid Engineering.

21 year old Thomas Casey left school at 16 with no clear idea of what career he wanted to pursue. After starting on the Get Ready for Work training program he worked on a placement with the firm Robbie Fluid  Engineering and was successful in securing a Modern Apprenticeship with them. Thomas works closely with customers to solve their problems and specifically enjoys the variety the job has to offer.  He routinely machines bespoke parts for customers to ensure that nobody goes away disappointed.

Mark Robbie the director of Robbie Fluid Engineering said, “Thomas has been a huge asset to the business. He is fully committed to his work and has developed exceptional problem solving and customer service skills over his time within the business.” Thomas said, “one of my proudest moments was completing my apprenticeship in April 2014.” Since then Thomas has continued his career with Robbie Fluid Engineering and has been given the opportunity to continue his development. He recently completed a National Fluid Power Course and is a qualified first aider.

Callum McCarthy is 18 and is currently going through his Modern Apprenticeship with Robbie Fluid Engineering. He started straight from school at the age of 16. Callum enjoys the hands on nature of the role as well as the practical machine work he is learning from his mentors within the business. He also finds attending West Lothian College one day per week invaluable as it not only improves his skills and understanding but also gives him the opportunity to share his experience with other apprentices working in similar fields.

Mark Robbie said, “Callum’s confidence in dealing with customers has improved dramatically in the two years he has been working with us and we are keen to expose him to all areas of the business so that he has a good understanding of the value he adds.”

Thomas, Mark Robbie and Callum of Robbie Fluid Engineering


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