Ahead of our 5th Annual Apprenticeship Information Evening on Thursday 23rd March, a few of our young men and women currently training with the company recently explained the routes they took into the apprenticeship programme and the different career paths they have chosen to take. They also touched on some of the experience the scheme has helped them to gain, spoke of their future career aspirations with the company and offered advice to those considering a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering.
Aliah – Services Focal Point (Time-Served Apprentice)
From an early age I was very interested in learning how products were designed and developed. As a result I chose Craft and Design and workshop-based courses as some of my main subjects at school. I left school after 5th year and went straight to Peterhead Engineers Development to begin training as part of my Score apprenticeship. During my first year I gained the PEO Level 2 and ECDL qualifications and built up basic skills in filing, drilling and machining. Throughout the five years that followed, I was involved in a variety of workshop roles and gained experience through machining, modifying a variety of valves, actuators and gearboxes and the overhaul, repair and pressure testing of valves sent in from offshore. I also worked in several office-based roles including sales/services where I dealt with contract clients, valve automation where I gained an understanding of the design of control systems and learned how to organise and prioritise customer jobs. I worked in the drawing office where I produced engineering drawings using CAD software and the engineering department where I analysed engineering components and assisted with valve failure investigations.
I gained the SVQ Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering (Fitting and Assembly). I also attended college through Score and achieved NC and HNC qualifications in Engineering.
I have worked offshore – A fantastic opportunity to gain experience and build up my confidence. I have also represented the company by assisting at open nights and career fairs; meeting with others who may be interested in apprenticeships.
I currently work as a Services Focal Point – Meeting with and dealing with a variety clients on a daily basis as their Score contact for technical support on all valve and actuator related activities. I’ve been in the job for two years now and really enjoy it.
In the future I would like the opportunity to work abroad for Score at various locations. Through this I hope to further my working knowledge and to experience new cultures. I would also like to continue working with schools, encouraging the younger generation to try out the apprenticeship route for themselves.
Applying for an apprenticeship with Score is one of the best decisions I’ve made in life and I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route to anyone who is edging towards a career in an Engineering discipline.
Teighlor – 5th Year Apprentice Valve Technician=
I left school after 4th year (2012) with qualifications including National 5s in Maths, Physics, English, History, P.E. and R.E., National 4 in French, Intermediate 2 Graphic Communication and Intermediate 1 Hospitality.
During the 1st year of my apprenticeship at Peterhead Engineers Development Limited I gained a Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) Level 2 qualification, an SQA National Certificate (NC) and developed skills in machining, drilling and hand fitting. I was also chosen as one of only 16 apprentices in Scotland to compete in the Scottish Engineering Craft competition. I went on to spend 3 years on a workshop rotation working on and gaining valuable on the job experience in areas including control valves, testing and pressure safety valves.
Now in my 5th year, I am currently gaining a wider understanding of the company – Working between workshop roles and office-based roles that include Quality Assurance, Sales, Drawing Office and Engineering. I have completed an HNC and have almost completed my first year of the HND in Engineering.
My future goals are to continue my training plan and complete a Higher National Diploma. My goal then is to progress on to University through the HND 2+2 Scheme to study BEng Honours Mechanical & Offshore Engineering. There are potential opportunities for me to work abroad this summer at one of Score’s 32 locations.
Moving to the North East to start a career after leaving school was one of my best decisions so far. As well as working and gaining experience I have completed PEO, NC and HNC qualifications. I’m working towards an HND and hope to go through university whilst remaining in employment. An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to continue learning after school without having to delay starting a career.
Josh – 6th Year Apprentice Draughtsperson
I left school after 5th year with qualifications including 3 Highers in Maths, Graphic Communication and Art & Design, National 5s in Graphic Communications and Geography, National 4s in English, French Geography and Physics. I began my apprenticeship in July 2011; My first year was spent at Peterhead Engineers Development Limited and the second year in the Score (Europe) Limited Machine Shop and the Quality Assurance department. My third to fifth years were spent in the Drawing Office. The highlights of my career to date are working abroad both offshore and onsite during the 5th year of my apprenticeship and beginning an HND in Mechanical Engineering.
My 6th year as an apprentice has been spent working in both office and workshop-based roles – In the Drawing Office and Engineering Department and in the valve workshop.
My future goals are to work at different sites within the UK and abroad, progress onto university to complete a BEng in Mechanical & Offshore Engineering and to progress in to the Score Europe Engineering department.
Lorna – 5th Year Mechanical Engineering Apprentice
I left school after 5th year aged 16. I had never had an engineering background but I wanted to give an Engineering Apprenticeship a go anyway. I completed my first year of training with Peterhead Engineers Development Limited and since then I’ve spent four years working in a variety of Score departments and got to work with control valves, testing, marine valves and pressure safety valves. I’ve also spent time in an office-based role within the Sales department. I’ve worked towards and achieved several Engineering qualifications. I’ve completed a Modern Apprenticeship and after 6 years with the company will have fully completed my Score apprenticeship programme.
I currently work between two workshop based roles, working with Control Valves and Pressure Safety valves. I’m part of the company’s Apprentice Health & Safety Focal group and I am a STEM Ambassador, meaning I get to work with local school pupils on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related projects. I also get the chance to meet local secondary school pupils, through events and school visits, and discuss the options that are available to them should they be interested in an apprenticeship with Score.
I want to continue to develop in my career with Score. In the short term I’d like to become a Score trainer, providing technical training courses to Score employees and external clients or I would like to become involved in a Health and Safety related role full time. In the future I’d love to move abroad and work at another Score location. I’d like to work my way up, become a Team Leader, a Manager and eventually a company Director.
I’m glad that I chose the career path that I have. As well as studying, I’m getting a taste of working life and earning whilst I work towards my qualifications. I’ve gained skills that I can apply in everyday life, not just at work.
Modern Apprenticeships allow trainees to study for recognised qualifications whilst gaining practical skills, employment experience and earning while they learn.
Score Group plc will this year team up with Peterhead Engineers Development Limited to hold a joint Apprenticeship Information Evening on Thursday 23rd March from 5:00pm-8:00pm.
The event will be an opportunity to meet with current and time-served Score apprentices and learn more about the range of apprenticeships we offer, as well as finding out about the training services provided by PEDL to both individuals and employers, including National Certificate qualifications, Modern Apprenticeships, IT courses and SVQ Assessor and Verifier training.
Pre-registration for the event will be compulsory. Those looking to attend should register at www.score-group.com/openevening