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Blackpool-based, BFW Management Ltd (Atlas), is celebrating national apprenticeship week by welcoming their third apprentice, as they continue to provide the Fylde coast’s youth with rewarding and sustainable careers.

Atlas’ latest apprentice, Ryan Connor, has his sights on becoming a fully qualified medical engineer and clinical technologist.

Ryan, who previously worked in medical engineering support, where he repaired and serviced oxygen devices, commented on his recent appointment: “I’ve been given a fantastic opportunity to pursue a career in medical engineering.

Ryan adds: “I’m incredibly grateful to the team at Atlas who have not only made this possible, but have also supported me thus far. I’m excited about the future and look forward to developing my skills and knowledge over the next few years”.

The apprenticeship, recognised by the Government Skills Funding Agency, is provided by South East-based Medical Room, in conjunction with Atlas. On the completion of two years on the job training and assessment, Ryan will become qualified in servicing and maintenance in medical engineering. 

Fully supported by Atlas, Ryan will then continue his career by applying to the University of England at Bristol for a further three years’ education. Once this is all completed this will then enable Ryan to apply for RCT registration.

Atlas’ Business Support Lead, Patrick McChrystal, said: “I am delighted to see that Ryan has taken the first step in what I am sure will be a long and prosperous career.”

Patrick adds: “We are passionate about recruiting from our local community. Investing in local talent like Ryan and our electrical and mechanical apprentices, Charlie and Tom, is an absolute priority for us. They have the right approach to learning and I look forward to seeing their progression.”

Atlas’ Deputy Chief Medical Engineer, Darren Gilheaney said: “We are delighted to be able to offer Ryan an opportunity to further his career with Atlas. Ryan has been a fantastic member of our medical engineering support team and has always shown a keen interest, whilst also proving that he has the capacity and desire to develop a career within medical engineering.”

“At Atlas, we have an opportunity to offer a clearly defined career progression path, this will allow Ryan to build up his knowledge and experience in parallel with learning the skills necessary to be a medical engineer”.

Director at the Medical Room, Mike Green said: “It is fantastic to see Ryan starting his journey to becoming a fully qualified medical engineering with us and Atlas. Medical engineering is often seen as being shrouded in mystery. It is one of the essential roles within a clinical environment and it is about the management of risk all of which supports patient safety, which is the main reason for our profession.”

As he develops, Ryan will be provided with lifelong learning, covering all aspects of his future career. Medical Engineering has many definitions within clinical settings and is often.

Traditionally most people looking to pursue a career in medical engineering would go to University to study engineering and then within a healthcare setting afterwards. However, this route doesn’t suit all trainee engineer’s learning methods or personal circumstances, which can often lead to capable engineers not being developed the correct way.

The new apprenticeship programme will allow Atlas to engage future trainee engineers at an early stage and support them down the path through structured learning via both practical on the job training and classroom-based theory.

The apprenticeship programme will lead to a recognised medical engineering qualification that will allow successful apprentices to be registered with the RCT (Register of Clinical Technologists).  The RCT was founded in 2000 with the aim of protecting the public by advocating statutory, professional regulation for Clinical Technologists.