Introducing our quartet of new apprentices
When it comes to forging a career in a specialised area such as high voltage power and electrical engineering, an apprenticeship is a great place to start – combining practical experience with all-important-theory.
At Smith Brothers, we’ve long-since supported people – of all ages – intent on learning a new trade, and put a lot of effort into supporting their development. These apprenticeships provide individuals with the perfect opportunity for a career in engineering, tackle the UK’s STEM skills gap, and give our business an invigorating boost of new talent.
Last month, four new faces began their journey to becoming fully-fledged HV fitters and jointers with Smith Brothers – dovetailing hands-on experience with a two-year City & Guilds academic course and three years with Utility and Construction Training (UCT). Once they have successfully completed their qualifications, each candidate will be offered the opportunity to join the team on a permanent basis. So, let’s meet them…
Michael McNeill – HV jointer
19-year-old Michael has been working on cable pulling and HV fault work for the past 12 months and is keen to get started on formalising his experience as part of our new scheme. Outside of work, he enjoys running and going to the gym.
Bronson Taylor – HV fitter
Bronson is 17 years old and for the last 10 months he has been working with Smith Brothers as trainee fitter – so we’re looking forward to seeing his skillset expand. Much like Michael, Bronson spends his free time in the gym and playing football.
Rory Sharp – HV fitter
With previous experience in jointing and fitting at the UCT training centre in Manchester, 18-year-old Rory is very hands-on, and when he’s not on site or in the classroom, you’ll probably find him working on 4x4s or kickboxing.
Cameron Galbraith – HV fitter
Cameron has been looking for an opportunity to train as a HV fitter for many years and now, at 19, is starting that journey with Smith Brothers. He’s also keen on working out and rugby.
Speaking about this year’s apprentices, Dave Ogden, managing director of Smith Brothers, explained: “We want to offer people a job for life. As an employer, it’s our responsibility to support the ambitions of those in our sector and region, and if you pass out as a jointer or fitter, you have a ready-made, lifelong career – anywhere in the world. It’s important that we do our bit in addressing the skills gap when it comes to fostering the brightest and best in engineering talent.”
Our annual apprenticeship scheme is not solely reserved for school-leavers though, as Dave continued: “We take apprentices of all ages because we believe that everyone deserves a chance. Some of the best engineers left school and went straight into a labouring job, but years later, they might be keen to back up that practical experience with a formal qualification.”
As part of the programme, trainees will spend one month per year at the training centre, 9-10 months on site with Smith Brothers, and the remaining time focused on completing the City and Guilds academic requirements.