Seb Hired as Statiflo’s First Apprentice
A teenager plans to become the third generation of his family to work as an engineer after joining Statiflo as the company’s first apprentice.
Sebastian Freke-Morin, 18, is looking to follow in the career footsteps of his father Alan, who works as a design engineer, and grandfather Fred, who was the chief engineer at pharmaceutical firm Beechams in St Helens.
Seb, who lives in Macclesfield, has begun a three-year programme as a technical apprentice at Statiflo as an alternative to university after passing his A-levels.
Managing director Gareth Fry said: “We have a niche range of Static Mixers and associated products and need to nurture our own engineers to help ensure our continued success.
“I’m passionate about apprenticeships, as I began my career in the same way.
“Seb stood out from the many applicants and we are delighted to welcome him into the business.
“He comes from a family of engineers and we believe he will be a real asset to the team.”
Seb’s mentor will be Statiflo founder John Baron. John, 67, established the business in 1983 in a spare bedroom at his home in Wilmslow. He sold a majority stake to Gareth last year but has remained as chairman.
Gareth said: “John has over 40 years of chemical engineering and process knowledge and experience and is a wonderful teacher.
“Having John as a mentor is a fantastic opportunity for Seb as he learns the practical skills which will enable him to become a well-rounded member of the team.”
Seb is receiving training at Macclesfield College one day a week and spends the rest of his working week at Statiflo. He will work in different parts of the business, including engineering and sales.
Seb said: “The role at Statiflo ticks many boxes for me, as it focuses on technical design. The company uses 3D printing for rapid prototyping and I have built a 3D printer in my own time, so this also really attracted me to the company.”