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Triplets all on same welding apprenticeship with JCB

The triplets all arrive to work together on their 50cc scooters Photo: ITV Central

16-year-old triplets Jack, Katie and Liam Rowe have all started on the same apprenticeship scheme at JCB as trainee welders.

They've just joined the Staffordshire based engineering firm which has today announced it hopes to recruit 100 young people into its business this year.

The triplets are Level II apprentices receiving training in fabrication and welding aare due to complete their apprenticeships in June next year.

Jack said:

"We've had a great reaction since we came to work here and everyone has been really helpful, giving us tips and advice on different techniques. I'd love to stay on and rise to become a team leader."

– Jack Rowe, JCB Apprentice

Katie, who's JCB's only female welding apprentice said:

"Everyone was surprised to hear that we were triplets and at first they didn't believe us."

– Katie Rowe, JCB Apprentice

The triplets were born by emergency caesarean section almost three months prematurely on August, 23, 1995, each weighing not much more than a bag of sugar.

The Rowe triplets as babies Credit: ITV Central

They spent three months in hospital intensive care before parents Carol and Dave Rowe were allowed to bring them home to join 23-month-old brother Nathan.

Sixteen years on and the popular triplets are raising a smile amongst workmates every morning as they arrive in convoy at JCB on 50cc scooters from their home in Dane Grove, Cheadle, Staffs.

The firm have also announced today they are investing £3.5 million into recruiting young people, either as graduates, sponsored undergraduates or apprentices.