McCain Foods: Charlotte Linford - Careers case study

Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Linford is in her third year of an engineering apprenticeship at McCain Foods in Whittlesey, near Peterborough.

Charlotte LinfordShe said: “After my G.C.S.Es I knew I wanted to do engineering but I wasn't sure of the best route into it. After speaking to my tutor at school, I decided that an apprenticeship would be a good path to consider.

“I'm learning so much as an apprentice. I help to look after and maintain the machinery in the McCain plant. We do different kinds of engineering, including mechanical, electrical, sheet metal work and welding. It's such a broad industry – there's lots of paths you can go down as an engineer.

“Every day is different and I get to help the engineers on lots of interesting projects. Getting real work experience is great – you learn the importance of team work. I've also got a mentor who I can go to if I have any questions or need support.

“The college work is a big step up from school, but it really helps to be able to put it all into practice at work.

“Being a woman is no barrier to becoming an engineer. I can do anything my male colleagues can do – and we all work together as a team to make sure jobs are done to a high standard.“

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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014