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Emmi Poskitt — Engineering Apprentice

Name: Emmi Poskitt
Job title: Engineering Apprentice
Employer: Britvic Soft Drinks
Qualification: Level 3 Mechatronics Btec, NVQ and EPA
Salary Range: Starts at £20k
  •  Give a description of a day in the life of an engineer at Britvic

I am currently in my fourth year of the apprenticeship. Therefore, I have started shift work which involves 2-day shifts, 2-night shifts then 4 days off. Whilst at work, there is an engineer for each area (Process, blowers, fillers, labellers, and packer/palletisers). I will either be shadowing these 5 engineers during breakdowns or covering if one of them are on holiday or sick. My day to day involves either attending breakdowns or completing PMs (planned maintenance).

  •  How did you end up in this job?

At School, I attended a STEM taster day. This day got students from all over Essex together where we competed in groups to create a vehicle. My group happened to win, which meant we were invited for a tour at Britvic. At the tour I decided that it would be a great place to work as everyone was very welcoming. In year 11, I applied for a bunch of apprenticeships and I was lucky enough to be offered a job at Britvic. 

  • What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?

I would really recommend pursing an apprenticeship after you have completed your GCSEs. It is a great opportunity to earn money whilst you learn, and you gain a lot more job experience than you would going to college/uni. I couldn't think of a better way to become a qualified engineer.

  • What was your starting salary? Has your salary changed since then?

I started on £16k. Each september I have recieved a pay rise of at least £4k which is great considering I am only 19. 

  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?

In 5 years time, I hope to have completed my level 5 Food and Drink engineering qualification. Hopefully after this I can proceed onto my level 6 and look to go higher up the ranks within my company.