I joined Rotork in 2013 at 19 after finishing my A levels atcollege. Before joining I had applied to go to university, however I also decided to apply to an apprenticeship. I attended an interview at Rotork and was very impressed with how seriously they took apprenticeships, and after this I had completely made up my mind over what I wanted to do. I feel apprenticeships act as a stepping stone between school and full-time work,
allowing you to steadily gain experience and responsibility, rather than being thrown in at the deep end.
The Rotork Technical Apprenticeship lasts 4 years, with the first taking place at Bath College, where we complete a machining and bench fitting craft course. After this, time is spent in the factory and office, going
through every department, gaining an understanding of all aspects of the business. The huge range of departments offer a massive variety of work including: product assembly, CAD part design, software development, and off site service. At the end of the apprenticeship I will achieve HNC qualifications along with many others. I also have a complete knowledge of the workings of the business from start to finish, giving me a great advantage when looking for a full-time job within the business when the apprenticeship ends.
At work I have responsibilities to complete work and aid in whatever tasks I’m given. Work in the factory consists of essential jobs that keep the flow line moving, as I work alongside very experienced employees, some of whom have been working here for over 30 years. Office work can consist of the purchasing of stock or selling of the product, responding to emails and attending meetings. In the final years one day a week is spent at college in an engineering course along with other students. The huge number of apprentices that Rotork employ adds to a great social side to the apprenticeship. I have built up a great relationship with the other apprentices and have attended events such as a Christmas meal, charity walks and careers events.
Since starting the apprenticeship I believe I have developed a number of personal skills that will aid me wherever I am. These include problem solving, public speaking, CAD knowledge, and general office operations. Looking forward, I am happy to continue the apprenticeship program and experience work within the remaining departments, any of which could be the one I enjoy the most and wish to seek a career in.