“I’ve always wanted a job based around engineering so to have this chance is brilliant,” says Lucas. “It’s been really good here so far. I’ve been working on the machines and learning something new all the time.”

The Carfulan Group aims to give apprentices an insight into the technology it supplies from across its five divisions – OGP UK, SYS Systems, Zoller UK, ViciVision UK and XJ3D. These divisions cover multi-sensor metrology, additive manufacturing, tool pre-setting and inspection, and turned-part measurement solutions.

Working alongside experienced professionals, apprentices delve into the fields of health and safety, advanced mathematics, CAD software techniques, and machine installation and calibration.

Carfulan Group managing director Chris Fulton says: “Our partnership with the JCB Academy demonstrates our passion for investing in the talented young people who will shape the future of the engineering and manufacturing industries. Every single one of our apprentices makes a vital contribution to the Carfulan Group team and it’s no different with Max. We’re delighted to have him on board and ultimately hope he’ll enjoy a long, rewarding career with us.”