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Apprenticeship Careers Made In Chesterfield

Almost every object that we use has been manufactured or engineered in some way, so as you can imagine there is a host of manufacturing and engineering opportunities available in the sector.

Chesterfield is home to many manufacturing and engineering companies both large and small. Many of these companies actually manufacture and engineer products right here in our town.

You can learn more about the local companies and roles in the sector from current apprentices as they talk about their career.

Fabricator Welder

Based in Sheepbridge, Weightron Bilanciai is the UK’s leading manufacturer of weighbridges, industrial weighing equipment, process weighing systems and software.

Meet Kai, an apprentice Fabricator Welder at Weightron Bilanciai. Kai said: “I chose to go down the apprenticeship route as I really enjoy fabricating steel products and seeing the transition of raw materials into a finished product that can be utilised in real life scenarios.”

“The reason I chose to join Weightron was the scope to work on, and learn to understand large scale fabrication, broadening my horizons in the field of fabrication.”

“I would highly recommend doing an apprenticeship to any young person searching for a job. I love the hands-on approach that my apprenticeship is giving me, Weightron are providing me an environment where I can learn and obtain formal qualifications whilst earning and gaining vital life experiences.”

Civil Engineer

AECOM is a global engineering consultancy working in all aspects of the built environment. Through legacy companies, AECOM has had a presence in Chesterfield for over 40 years and currently employs around 300 staff in the town centre.

Following A levels at school Daniel embarked on a maths degree at Coventry University before deciding it wasn’t for him and leaving after three months. He attended a careers fair where he met someone from AECOM and it was there that he discovered he could do a degree apprenticeship.

He explained: “Once I had researched it, it seemed a better option than the traditional University route, working while learning I also feel is a better form of learning. I had an interest in Civil Engineering and attending the careers fair gave me the option to have all my queries answered by a professional in the industry so I could make an informed decision on whether to take this career path or not.”

“Working in the industry while getting my degree also makes me a lot more employable as I have far more experience than the average graduate. I have developed skills in working towards deadlines, working within budgets and both creating and maintaining client relationships.”

Click here to learn more about Daniel and his career 

Mechanical Engineer

More recently, the success of Markham Vale has supported the growth of new manufacturing businesses. Located at Markham Vale, MSE Hiller supplies and rents centrifuges and environmental engineering products to the water, food and other industries throughout the UK.

It was a two-week work experience placement with MSE Hiller organised through the Made in Chesterfield initiative four years ago that opened Eve’s eyes to the possibility of building a career in the engineering sector.

Eve explained: “I’ve always wanted to be an engineer for as long as I can remember. I love the job and the company I am working for. I couldn’t see myself doing anything different.”

“The thought of being in an office full time is my idea of a nightmare. I love being on the bench stripping down and building machines. I would also love to be involved with the design of the machines as well as building them and that’s something I’d love to work towards at MSE Hiller.”

When asked what she’d say to young girls considering a career in engineering Eve said: “I’d say just do what you want to do. I still find it shocking that women get frowned upon for going into engineering. It’s a brilliant job and career for anyone.”

Click here to learn more about Eve and her career 

Electrical Maintenance Engineer

United Cast Bar is a cast iron specialist and the home of Unibar continuously cast iron, produced in two of Europe’s most prestigious foundries and distributed through the United Cast Bar distribution network.

Mason Shirtcliffe is a Level 3 apprentice and heard of the opportunity at United Cast Bar through his school.

He said: “The training I receive at United Cast Bar covers all ranges of experiences and is very flexible, it gives me an idea of what all other occupations involve. Although I am training in Electrical, I am also given the opportunity to explore the other career possibilities.”

“This apprenticeship allows me to work with and learn from experienced qualified tradesmen whilst being able to determine my future progression when qualified. My plans at the moment are to gain my qualifications and look to a management role in the future, possibly running a maintenance department in a large company.”

Business Administration

CBE+ specialise in precision engineering, electroless nickel plating, gear cutting and laboratory services.

Morgan Rodgers, is a Level 3 Business Administration apprentice in the commercial team at manufacturing business CBE+.

Morgan explained: “One of the good things about working here is the variety of things you get to do. Day to day, I do a lot of data processing but I also work with different teams across the business such as quality and finance for example. This helps me get my job done and gives me a real insight into how the organisation works. At the same time, it develops my knowledge in business and engineering.”

“Business administration in a company like this isn’t just about figures and data. It is really important for me to get a good understanding of the product and the engineering processes. I have enjoyed spending time with the precision engineering and specialist electroless nickel plating teams. It allows me to see what is going on, where my role fits and understand how everything works together. This knowledge helps me to process orders properly and provide a good service for customers.”

“Once I have finished my apprenticeship, I will have my qualification and my experience to use as I progress in my career. There are a lot of opportunities to develop in the department I work in, and with the other teams I work closely with, I am building knowledge across the business and it gives me the upper hand.”

Overall Chesterfield offers lots of opportunities for people to get into the Engineering and Manufacturing sector, with an apprenticeship offering the perfect career route to learn and earn on the job.

Click here to search local apprenticeship vacancies in Engineering and Manufacturing

Click here to find out more about the Made in Chesterfield sector on My Future 

Mollie Brown

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