Case study: Engineering Apprentice
Sam Elliott is in his
fourth year as a McCain
at the company's plant
in Scarborough, North
Like lots of people, I didn't really know what I
wanted to do when I was 16.
I started at Scarborough Sixth Form College but after a year I knew it
wasn't the right thing for me.
I found out about the McCain Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme
through someone I knew who worked at the company. Before I started
my apprenticeship, I didn't realise that McCain had engineers. Now I'm
part of a big engineering department, learning a trade that's critical to
As an engineering apprentice, I help to look after and maintain the
machinery in the McCain factory. It's an exciting environment and
every day is different. When I'm on-site I help out on all sorts of tasks
like mechanical and electrical maintenance and welding – I'm always
doing something new.
Engineering is really varied. In our company, there's lots of different
areas of engineering and different sorts of machines to work with,
including touch-screen technology. You get a good grounding in
mechanical engineering, sheet metal work, electrical engineering and
Through the apprenticeship I've got my BTEC Level 3 and
now I'm working towards my HNC in Engineering.
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Last reviewed: 17 Mar 2016