Sophie Brown, joins LECS UK as its first ever apprentice.

Sophie, 18, from Stockport, Manchester, has already achieved a Level 3 BTEC in engineering from Open Shaw Manchester College.  To pursue her desired career in lift engineering her next step is to start an apprenticeship in the sector.

In September the former Reddish Vale High School pupil will start her apprentice training at LECS UK, under the guidance of sector veteran consulting engineer, John Bentley.

Sophie said: ‘I’ve always had a passion for engineering.  My father was involved in the lift industry so it seemed an obvious direction to go in. I am really pleased that LECS UK has agreed to take me on as an apprentice so I can gain practical hands-on work experience while continuing to study for my HND at university.”

John Bentley, director at LECS UK,  said: “We are delighted to welcome Sophie to LECS UK. As our first apprentice, Sophie will  be based at our Manchester office and will attend University of Northampton to gain her Higher National Diploma in Lift and Escalator Technology via distance learning. Congratulations to Sophie for starting on, what we hope will be, a fulfilling and interesting career in this sector.”

LECS UK has offices in London, Manchester and Eastbourne, East Sussex. It is a leading independent firm of consulting engineers in the virtual transport sector. This mostly involves lifts and escalators but also includes mechanical systems such as cable cars, funiculars, cranes and accessible platforms as well as most forms of mechanical handling equipment. LECS UK’s  lift and escalator engineer consultants have up numerous awards and distinguished honours over the years for their work in high profile projects in the UK and internationally.