Success for TTG Apprentice Following Simoco Appointment

30 September 2016

Elliot Creech and Mike Norfield

Global communications specialist Team Telecom Group (TTG) has welcomed Elliott Creech into the company on a permanent basis, following his completion of a two year apprenticeship programme.

Launched in 2009, the Derby-based company’s apprenticeship scheme has been specially designed to combine academic qualifications with real life working experience, incorporating on the job training, mentoring from experienced staff and academic study.

A former student of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne, Elliott, 22, embarked on his apprenticeship with TTG to pursue an enthusiasm for electronics. As he explains: “From an early age I had an interest in avionic systems, mainly because my dad was in the forces, which in turn sparked a passion for communications tools and electrical engineering. TTG’s apprentice programme presented an ideal opportunity to enter the industry.”

During his first year as an apprentice, Elliott, was able to spend time in each department of TTG’s Simoco Group to gain an understanding of how the company operates as a whole. His activities were then concentrated within the Projects Department, focusing on skills surrounding installation, maintenance, design and configuration of radio systems.

Elliott had completed a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Operations and Maintenance Engineering at Derby College and Year 1 of his Integrated Engineering foundation degree. The company has also agreed to sponsor his second year, which he is currently completing.

Commenting on the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship, Elliott said: “I initially started studying at Buxton College after finishing school, but decided I wanted a more practical style of learning. By taking this route I have been able to experience the industry first-hand. The apprentice scheme is very hands-on, which offers a far more practical and valuable way of learning the trade. The team have been on hand to offer lots of guidance and support over the last few years and I’m excited to be able to continue my career with Simoco and TTG.”

Having now successfully completed the scheme, Elliott will continue to work in the Projects Department at TTG as an Engineer. He also intends to study for a Bachelors degree.

Mike Norfield, CEO of TTG, began his own career as an apprentice and recognises the importance of hands-on training, coupled with vocational qualifications, in gaining an entry into engineering.

Commenting on Elliott’s achievement, Mike said: “It’s great to see another of our skilled, hard-working apprentices move into full time employment. At TTG we are committed to developing the next generation of communications professionals and investing in home grown talent. We understand the need to support the communications industry, as well as the wider economy, by providing opportunities for talented entrants with the potential to develop successful careers.”

To find out more about TTG’s Apprenticeship scheme, visit


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