Lucy embarked on our mechanical engineering apprentice scheme in Scunthorpe in 2021. Now she's progressed to working out on site, developing her skills further in an industrial working environment...
What made you choose to do an apprenticeship with us?
British Steel is a reputable company that has been around for years. I thought this would be a good place to do an apprenticeship as British Steel has considerable training experience and continually improves its training programme. British Steel is also one of the most recognised companies in the steel industry.
What have you been doing within your apprenticeship so far?
For the first 12 weeks of the apprenticeship we did basic mechanical hand skills training, which included filing and using hand tools correctly. A few of the tasks were challenging, which made the training more interesting! After this time, we moved on to stripping gearboxes, pumps and motors to see what was inside them and understand how they worked. This was useful as it showed us what to expect on site but on a smaller scale.
We then had 5 large tasks to do and had to write a practice MOET (Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician) report on 2 of them. The last 4 weeks of our first year was spent on plant preparation training with topics including working at height and asbestos awareness. I'm currently working on mechanical maintenance of equipment used by our Technical teams across the Scunthorpe site.
What is the structure of your apprenticeship like?
The first 12 weeks of basic training was split into a structured programme, with the jobs expected of us clearly outlined. The rest of the first year was spent either on learning theory or developing practical skills in the training centre.
Where do you see yourself within British Steel in 10 years' time?
I hope to be progressing and qualifying to a higher level degree.
What advice would you give to other people considering a career at British Steel?
Come in with an open mind and try to learn as much as you can. Ask questions - don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand.