Luke Rippon & Corey Harrison...Following a Career Path into Engineering


  • Name: Luke Rippon
  • Former School: Barlby High School
  • Class of: 2015
  • Studied: Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering
  • Doing What? Apprenticeship at Britvic in Leeds
  • Name: Corey Harrison
  • Former School: Holy Family Catholic High School
  • Class of: 2015
  • Studied: Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering
  • Doing What? Apprenticeship at Britvic in Leeds

Selby College students Luke Rippon and Corey Harrison were first introduced to Britvic’s Bramley factory in Leeds as part of a new work experience pilot for 2015 targeting local college engineering departments for appropriate gifted and talented BTEC students. 

As an Engineering Centre of Excellence, Selby College’s Powerskills UK brand is dedicated to working closely with local, regional, national and international Power, Engineering and Construction employers to design and deliver training solutions that meet their specific needs.

The former Barlby High School and Holy Family Catholic High School students, both 18-years-old, were selected as candidates for the scheme by the Engineering department and were invited to Britvic for a period of two weeks’ work experience in June 2015, where they worked with the Engineering Team at Leeds to gain an insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of a Production Engineer. Luke and Corey were also given some basic Engineering tasks to carry out so they could develop their skills and knowledge.

Both students presented themselves well and were very enthusiastic from the start of the placement and were keen to make the most of their opportunity. They were able to develop a mature relationship with both Engineers and the Operations department and also plan and complete work to a good standard with minimal supervision.

Having spent a happy and successful two weeks on work experience, Luke and Corey decided to apply for an Apprentice position at Britvic Leeds and both were successful due to their proven interest and commitment shown during their work experience and the manner in which they approached the Apprentice Assessment process.

Following the work experience Selby College’s Work Placement Coordinator Rebecca James commented that: “The students really enjoyed their time at Britvic, and the fact that it was in the working environment gave them a real opportunity to see how a large organisation works. It definitely raised their aspirations and motivated them into thinking about different career options.”

Luke and Corey also gave positive feedback, stating: “The opportunity had improved their confidence, built on their work-related skills, and better prepared them for the job market.”

Simon Collis, Engineering Planner at Britvic Leeds, concluded: “Both Luke and Corey have both now settled well into the Apprenticeship programme since starting in August and will be a beneficial addition to the Engineering Team as they develop over the next four years.”