Apprentice profile: Jake Gardner

Jake Gardner is an apprentice mechanical fitter at our Rod Mill
Jake Gardner's an apprentice mechanical fitter at our Rod Mill in Scunthorpe

Jake Gardner is an apprentice mechanical fitter at our Rod Mill in Scunthorpe - find out why he joined us, what he's been up to and what Jake hopes the future holds...

What made you choose to do an apprenticeship with us?

Throughout school and college, I thoroughly enjoyed the more hands-on subjects like engineering and resistant materials. This led me to want to develop my theory and practical skills as well as my knowledge within engineering. In my last year at John Leggott College, British Steel were advertising for apprentices at its Scunthorpe site. I knew this was a well-established industry and would provide me with the skills and knowledge I needed to further my career.

What is the structure of your apprenticeship like? 

The structure of the apprenticeship is very well laid out and organised. In the first year, we knew on a daily basis what we would be doing as there was a timetable that all apprentices had access to. This meant you could prepare for each day in advance. The second year is also very well organised, you stay on site and go back to the training centre on Wednesdays to complete hydraulics. Also, you come back on the last Friday of every month for a safety meeting.

Where do you see yourself within British Steel in 10 years’ time?

In 10 years’ time, I see myself in a team leader’s position where I’ll be able to demonstrate my understanding of the job and show others the way it should be done. I want to have the responsibility of owning and leading tasks.

What advice would you give to other people considering an apprenticeship at British Steel?

My advice is go in ready to learn, always ask questions if you’re unsure, show interest, be keen and always put 100% into each task.