- 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.