Nestlé UK and Ireland: Nicole Chamberlain - Careers case study

Nicole Chamberlain is an Electrical Apprentice at Nestlé

Tell us about yourself, what do you do?
I work at Nestlé's Fawdon factory. Being an electrician means that I complete work factory wide, from Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Blue Riband to Tooties, Pastilles and Tots.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy working in different departments and with a wide range of different technologies. Being an apprentice means that I am constantly learning and practicing new skills, this is something I also enjoy.

When did you start working for your company?
I joined Nestlé in November 2012, after finishing 2 years of A levels.

What are the qualifications needed for this field?
I have so far completed a Level 3 in engineering, I am currently working through my Electrical HNC.

What was your route into the sector?
I joined a training scheme that introduced me to the route into Nestlé. I decided to enrol in a training school as I was unsure as to what route I wanted to take into engineering.

What attracted you to joining the industry?
I have always been very hands on and enjoyed engineering in school. A lot of my family are also in the engineering industry. Both of these factors highly influenced me, however I knew I enjoyed engineering and this was what primarily drove me.

What are your/your businesses key achievements to date?
I have so far completed a number of small projects that have helped improve lines in the factory. I have also created quite a large training rig which can be used to train new starters and fellow apprentices.

If you had to give one reason why young people should consider this career path, what would it be?
Hands on experience is key in this industry, there is no other route that can give you this level of education and experience side by side.

What advice would you give to other people looking to pursue a career in this sector?
Engineering is a constantly thriving business and will only go from strength to strength in the future. I find it exciting to think that one day I could be involved in a new and exciting project that revolutionises the industry.

Do you think it's important for women to consider similar careers? If so, why?
I think any woman should pursue a career she wants to. I encourage anybody to pursue the career they want to, a successful career is created with passion and drive, not gender.

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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014