Nestlé UK and Ireland: Francesca Rose Igoe - Careers case study

Francesca Rose Igoe is a Modern Craft Electrical Mechanical Apprentice at Nestlé

Tell us about yourself, what do you do?
I'm a Modern Craft Electrical Mechanical Apprentice based in York working on the factory line that produces our tasty Polo's. As part of my role, I do planned maintenance to make sure our high tech machinery is in working order; fix breakdowns to ensure the factory line continues with production and offering Mechanical/electrical solutions if/when needed.

For example the jobs I commonly do are changing photocells on wrapping machines, when a machine goes into fault looking inside the panel and fault finding. This is done by interpreting wiring drawings, using a test meter to check components (contactors, timers) are getting the signals they require and also carrying out maintenance work or changing over a machine from 17 sweets to 23 sweets.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I get the opportunity to learn from the experienced colleagues as they have so much knowledge after years of working for Nestle, is giving me an invaluable experience and a greater understanding of how our business operates.

When did you start working for your company?
September 2012

What are the qualifications needed for this field?
5 GCSEs A* - C including English, maths and science

What was your route into the sector?
I left school at 16 and went to college for a year to study electrical engineering then applied for the apprenticeship scheme

What attracted you to joining the industry?
I have family members who have worked at Nestle and always heard stories about how great the working environment is. It's so dynamic and fast paced which makes my role even more enjoyable! The Food and drink industry is extremely high tech and especially for my role, this makes me day to day even more exciting as I have to ensure that machinery used is in perfect working condition.

What are your/your businesses key achievements to date?
I achieved aBTEC in Electrical, Btec in Mechanical, a Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) qualification and am currently working towards my NVQ Personally I have achieved the Gold DofE award and Queen Scout award

If you had to give one reason why young people should consider this career path, what would it be?
You never know you will enjoy something until you try it – always give something a go!

What advice would you give to other people looking to pursue a career in this sector?
Try and get some work experience even if it is not directly in the field you want to go for, this always help in giving you the right footing before you start any job.

Do you think it's important for women to consider similar careers? If so, why?
I personally feel that you can do whatever job you want to if you put your mind to it. If you like the engineering behind machinery, don't dismiss it immediately. Traditionally, Engineering has been more commonly known as a male career path, but that's certainly not the case. If you have the passion for problem solving and an interest in Engineering, do research to get the background information you want.

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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014