Meet Harry, Apprentice Pump Technician

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (February 5-11) we’re sharing insights into some of our apprenticeship roles at Selwood.

Here, we sat down with Harry to find out why he chose the apprenticeship route and what he enjoys about his role as Apprentice Pump Technician.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

“I chose the apprenticeship route because I don’t like sitting in a classroom – it’s just not for me. I knew I wanted to do something physical – a trade of some sort, as I’ve always been into fixing things.

“While at Stafford College doing a Plant Maintenance and Construction Course, I spoke to staff there about the different apprenticeships in this industry. One of my tutors recommended Selwood.

“After sending my CV in, I was asked to attend an interview at Selwood’s Repair Centre in Hixon. After my interview with the Head of Product Service and Excellence, I had the opportunity to look around and meet people. It seemed like a great place to work and everyone was so friendly.”

How do your studies work alongside the apprenticeship?

“Work and college are on a six-week rota, so I do roughly four weeks at Selwood and then two weeks in college. I started the apprenticeship in August and most of the time it’s split into blocks like this, but if it’s the school holidays I will be here (Selwood).

“The apprenticeship is for three years and I’m working towards exams at the end. Each year is one phase of the apprenticeship and I have to do coursework that is checked by my managers at Selwood and sent off to my college tutors.”

What skills are you learning?

“I am in the repair department at the workshop working on the pumps, so I’m learning mechanical and engineering skills.

“One of the team will show me how to do something and then supervise me while I do it. It’s great that I am trusted to do things myself.

“If something is challenging, I might be given hints, but I’m given the time to work things out on my own. Because of this I feel I am learning more and getting better at the job.”

Would you recommend an apprenticeship?

“I really recommend anyone do an apprenticeship – if you don’t like being in a classroom, you can get a qualification while learning on the job and get paid while you’re doing it!

“Selwood is a great company to work for. I feel very looked after and have met some amazing people.”

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