Top Apprentice Marley is ‘jammin’ it all in…

Named after Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, engineering apprentice Marley Morris is certainly ‘jammin’ plenty of activity into his life…

The 19-year-old was recently nominated in the Alliance Learning Awards, a regional event recognising outstanding apprentices across various business sectors. Marley is studying mechanical engineering at Preston College, while serving a three-year apprenticeship as a turner, with Richard Hough.

His spare time is also very full, being devoted to martial arts. Marley takes part in as many as five sessions a week at local clubs for kick-boxing, jujitsu and Thai boxing.

At Hough’s Bolton headquarters, Marley works under the supervision of works manager John Lawson, operating lathes and other machinery as part of the company’s calender bowl manufacturing processes. “I enjoy working at Hough, as it allows me to combine the theory I learn at college with practical experience in the factory,”  he says.

Originally from Bracknell, in Berkshire, Marley moved north at the age of 10 with his father. “I always thought I would be a builder like my dad, but after working in a sheet metal plant I had the chance to take up this apprenticeship in September 2016 and I am glad I did.”