Remote-control truck fascination leads to apprenticeship at Linde of Newton Aycliffe

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A FASCINATION with remote controlled trucks has led to an apprenticeship for a teenager where he works with full size vehicles.

Joseph Bell, 16, of Spennymoor, has taken up a post at Linde of Newton Aycliffe.

He is one of the youngest recruits at the fork lift manufacturer and beat 100 other applicants.

He said: “I’ve been collecting radio-controlled vehicles since I was eight-years-old. I’ve always loved taking the motors to bits and finding out how they work.

“I had my first one for Christmas when I was eight, and later I got a 14ins monster truck – now I have the opportunity to work with real trucks.”

Joseph studies at Darlington College while working as an on-site engineer at Linde Castle.

At the end of his four-year apprenticeship he will be a fully qualified fork lift truck engineer.

He said: “If I’d gone and done A-levels I’d have worried about finding a job at the end of it, but this way I’m starting a career and learning everything about the industry at the same time.

“My longer-term aim is to go into management at Linde.”

Jeff Aylott, head of customer services at Linde said: “Recruiting apprentices reflects the positive attitude that Linde has to planned growth in its business.

“For the individual, it’s a fantastic opportunity to build a solid foundation for a skilled career with the chance to earn as you learn.”

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