Ex-engineer and Compton Hospice patient Phil Jones received a special tour of the EMC following a plea for help from one of his nurses.
Born and bred in Wolverhampton, 78 year old, Phil had plenty of stories to share as he took a grand tour of the EMC recently.
He took great pleasure in seeing the processes and the precision tooling involved in the creation of the engine head, block and crank. His tour of the Diesel Assembly Hall allowed him to get closer to the engine, where he was fascinated by the many manual, semi-automated and automated processes.
During his visit, Phil talked in-depth about his own experiences of working in a manufacturing environment and of the engineering industry.
He said: “It’s amazing to see how technology has changed. It’s very different to the way things were done when I first started out as an apprentice in an engineering company. I’ve had a really good time looking around the facility and would like to thank Jaguar Land Rover for making a dream a reality. It’s really helped raise my mood. Seeing how happy and fulfilled people are at the EMC, it’s made me want to come out of retirement and apply for a job here myself.”
Angie Matthews, Staff Nurse on the Compton Hospice Inpatient Unit, accompanied Phil on the visit.
She said: We cannot thank the team at the EMC enough for helping to make this happen for Phil, they accommodated the request at short notice and made it so special for him.
“The trip certainly brought a smile to his face and will be a lovely memory for him and his family to cherish.”