• 'I expected the manufacturing environment to be quite dirty and dark, but it's amazing how bright and clean the Engine Manufacturing Centre is. I'm lucky to be part of a team that has been on the same or a similar journey to me, sharing a learning experience and being part of the creation of a brand new facility.' - Lauren Quinn, advanced apprentice, Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton
  • Integrated manufacturing specialist Simon Mather offloads the assembled engine from the line ready for the hot test
  • 'Working at the Engine Manufacturing Centre is a unique experience. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something right from the start of the process, with all the opportunities and challenges that brings.' - Alex Clark, advanced apprentice, Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton
  • Apprentices learn about the importance of tappet clearances on an engine block and an engine head
  • 'Getting out of education, such as A levels, was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I'm a hands-on learner. If you're a more practical person, I would definitely do the advanced apprenticeship, as you can still go on to do your degree but you obtain more practical experience beforehand.' - Luke Jones, powertrain advanced apprentice, Whitley
  • Apprentices hard at work at Whitley
  • 'I was working in the press shop as part of my placement rotation and I was involved in stripping down and press. I was stunned at the size of the gear wheels and other mechanical parts and thought: 'Wow! How cool is this?' - Michael Rimmer, advanced apprentice, Halewood

    'I'm much more optimistic about my future job prospects. Before starting at the company, I had fewer transferable skills. By the end, I will have gained a degree and six years' experience within the factory.' - Robert Hall, higher apprentice, Halewood

This photo feature first appeared in issue two of Perspective, the magazine for Tata in Europe. Read the full issue of Perspective here