'Joined Samworth Brothers October 2012, apprentice since October 2016'
Why did you choose an apprenticeship with Samworth Brothers? What attracted you most?
When choosing my apprenticeship Samworth Brothers stuck out most mainly because of their commitment to individual progression, variety in day to day jobs and passion for doing things right.
Tell us what about the scheme that you enjoy?
From the start of my scheme in October 2016, my apprenticeship has been excellent! I can honestly say that there has never been a day where I did not have to overcome a different challenge. The scheme consistently pushes me to think critically and practically in order to achieve the right goal in a reasonable time. Throughout my time at Melton Foods, I have been able to advance my learning through both on-site and off-site training in different areas including pneumatics, engineering stores and chemical handling.
What does a week look like for a Samworth Brothers apprentice?
A week in the Engineering department is always different. It can involve anything from rectifying faults soon after they have occurred to planning maintenance to preventing future problems. For apprentices, this can mean safely investigating issues solo or working alongside qualified engineers to perform a variety of tasks from changing the motors that move conveyor belts to welding, changing plugs, reading circuit diagrams and programming.
What advice would you give to anyone considering becoming an apprentice?
The most important thing for any apprentice is to remain proactive. Ask questions, be heard and get involved.
Looking back on your time as an apprentice, what was the single biggest learning or highlight?
I think for younger apprentices like myself in particular, the biggest learning can be realising that all of a sudden you’re part of a huge business; I’ve learnt to communicate through proper channels, work harder and listen more.
Since being on the scheme how has your career progressed?
I have been able to advance my learning through both on-site and off-site training in different areas including pneumatics, engineering stores and chemical handling.