What does a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice do?
My job on a day-to-day basis can vary greatly. One day I could be fixing machines that have broken down and require new parts to resume production, however, on other days I could be making components or infrastructure for the factory.
In my job I use a range of techniques that I have learned in college and through working in the factory, like bench fitting and mechanical maintenance, but also more academic skills also feature in my job for example maths as well as problem solving skills make my job easier.
Describe your job in 20-25 words.
My job is different every day and that’s what makes it exciting; you can have a different challenge everyday and that’s why I like it.
What was your starting salary?
My starting salary was just over £14,000, which is highly competitive for apprenticeships. I also get a rise every year on my apprenticeship which goes up to £28,000; and that is just while you're an apprentice! It’s a great career to get into for a good wage.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
In 5 years’ time, I would love to be a full-time qualified mechanical engineer at Heinz after just finishing my 5-year apprenticeship.
If you could give your 16-year-old self some career advice, what would it be?
Don’t look down on apprenticeships like some people did at school. There was a real stigma about people who chose apprenticeships rather than people who went to college and university. I’d tell 16-year-old me to look for apprenticeships and scope out the best ones; the ones with the companies that will back you but also progress your learning, like Kraft Heinz for example.