Engineering Apprentice - Mechanical - General Mills
Daniel has worked within all areas of the engineering workforce and fully recommends doing an apprenticeship because there are many routes you can take within the industry.
Daniel Cornish, 20, Engineering Apprentice - Mechanical, General Mills
Tell us about yourself, what do you do?
I am a qualified electrician and am now completing my mechanical apprenticeship.
I have worked in all areas of the engineering work force, having spent time
the refrigeration team, electrical & mechanical maintenance team, and also
the machine shop with the fabrication team. I like to keep fit and active and
semi professional football for Coldstream FC in the East of Scotland First
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Being able to work in all areas of engineering, electrical and mechanical.
When did you start working for your company?
6th September 2010
What are the qualifications needed for this field?
HNC in Engineering
What was your route into the sector?
I left school and started at a local electrical company on an electrical
apprenticeship where I spent 3 years at Newcastle College. But during my time
company i got paid off due to a lack of business.
I applied to General Mills who were advertising for apprentices, and following
interview they offered me an opportunity to complete my electrical
apprenticeship and to then start a new one doing Mechanical Engineering at
College in Ashington. I took this job because i knew not many people would have
chance to do two apprenticeships and cover all aspects of engineering like as I
am currently doing.
What attracted you to joining the industry?
More secure work, as an electrician the recession hit my old company hard and a
few employees, including myself, were made redundant. General Mills are a
massive company, which means job security is. Plus the opportunity to be a
skilled engineer, covering both parts of the job, was too good to turn down.
What are your/your businesses key achievements to date?
Fully qualified electrician, B.A trained, ammonia handling training,
refrigeration training, food handling training, Level 3 sub dip diploma in
engineering. Half way through my HNC in general engineering.
How have you benefitted from doing an apprenticeship as opposed to just getting
a job without formal training or choosing a more traditional degree route?
Getting paid to learn your degree. Plus you are getting work experience whilst
serving your time as an apprentice.
How do your employers support you in your apprentice?
My employers have supported me fully. They have had me working with all
engineering teams at the factory, so i have experienced all aspects of the
trade. They supported me to finish my electrical apprenticeship i started
joining the company. They supported me with travel expenses and allowed me time
off when i needed to do exams at Newcastle college.
If you had to give one reason why young people should consider this career path,
what would it be?
After doing an apprenticeship you have a qualification and get work experience
whilst doing this. Plus in engineering there are many career paths like
management or more advanced engineering.
What advice would you give to other people looking to pursue a career in this
I would fully recommend doing an engineering apprenticeship because they are
many routes you can take within the industry. You can get into more advanced
engineering and achieve higher degrees. Or you can go into management. Either
can always progress and aren't limited to what you can achieve.
Where do you see your career going in the future?
Hopefully with the more experience I gain the more opportunities will arise
within the company.
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