Bethany Pearson – Steadfast Engineering

My Apprenticeship Journey

My name is Bethany Pearson and I currently work as a CNC operator at Steadfast Engineering who specialise in the manufacturing of studbolts and fasteners to the oil, gas and water industries.

After leaving school, I felt that I didn’t want to continue education in a classroom. I wanted to get out, experience something new, something practical as I found I learnt better this way.
That’s when I decided to undertake a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Operations and Maintenance engineering and I absolutely loved it!! It was everything I was looking for, something different.
On completing the course, I applied for many jobs and apprenticeships but to no avail. After attending different interviews, I found Steadfast and was offered a position. Even when I wanted to give up I didn’t and my hard work and determination had eventually paid off and I was so excited to start.

A typical day at work for me now consists of arranging and organising the production of work for all the machine staff, sourcing the raw materials needed to complete jobs, programming and setting CNCs and to support the workshop manager in the day to day running of the machine shop as his assistant.

I had been working at Steadfast for about 2 years when I was introduced to STEGTA and my amazing training officer Stuart Priestley. Along with the company they wanted to offer me the chance to further my education in engineering whilst continuing to work. They arranged for me to complete my NVQ Level 2 PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) which would help further my understanding and experience.

I would meet with Stuart every 6 weeks to discuss the progress I was making and how I’m getting on with life at work. He was there to help anytime I needed it and guide me with my work or just have a general chat. I felt comforted to know that whether it was work related or not I could always count on Stuart for help, guidance and advice.

As one of the few females in engineering it would be nice to see more following the path as engineers as it is a forever growing industry and is a job for life.
What drew me to engineering is I wanted something different. I didn’t want to do a stereotypical job and I also wanted to prove not only to myself but to other women that in a predominantly male working environment there is no reason why any female with the right aptitude cannot achieve the same results.

Bethany is pictured with her STEGTA Training Officer Stuart Priestley

John, Sheila & Ian

STEGTA Welcomes Sheila Hoile

Sheila is pictured with STEGTA Chief Executive John Whitby and Deputy Chief Executive/Business Development Officer Ian Parker.
STEGTA is pleased to announce that from the beginning of September 2017, Sheila Hoile has joined the STEGTA team as Apprenticeship Consultant. Sheila will be working with STEGTA on a series of targeted projects including improved destination data, recruitment, impact measurement and mentoring. Before joining STEGTA, Sheila was the project manager for the highly regarded Technician Apprenticeship Consortium and responsible for the development of a number of Apprenticeship Trailblazers.

CarnaudMetalbox Engineering Internal Annual Apprentice Awards

Congratulations to the following Apprentice’s at CarnaudMetalbox Engineering who have been successful at the company’s internal annual Apprentice Awards Event:  

Peter Moran Award – Best 1st year Apprentice –   Mathew Sharp (Top-Left)

Graham Bold Award – Most Improved Apprentice –   Jack Smith (Top-Right)

Peter Larvin Award – Best Performance in 2017 –   Alister Haley (Bottom-Left)

William Jowitt Award – Apprentice of the Year –   Connor Barnett (Bottom-Right)

Achieving More

Congratulations to three former STEGTA apprentices who have recently attained their EngTech qualification a matter of months after completing their apprenticeships. Daniel Elson and Sam Arkwright from Aecom achieved EngTech with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Adam Sullivan from Atkins was awarded by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). Well done to all three, a fantastic achievement.

STEGTA Excellence Award – Sam Dilly

STEGTA Excellence Award

A huge Congratulations to Sam Dilly of Trescal – Great Yarmouth who has been awarded a STEGTA Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Technical Support!

STEGTA’s Deputy CEO, Ian Parker, presented the award to Sam in company to celebrate with the team at Trescal Great Yarmouth. Trescal have been very supportive throughout Sam’s apprenticeship and also presented him with their own award to recognise his hard work and commitment to his apprenticeship programme.

We asked Sam how he felt about winning the award “At first I was very overwhelmed and excited with the announcement that I had won an excellence award. It was brilliant of Trescal and Stegta to take the time to appreciate the hard work and dedication I put into my apprenticeship. I feel as though winning the award was a joint venture and was won by a combination of support from Stegta especially Dave Smith who kept me working hard and Trescal for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to show my worth. The staff of Trescal Great Yarmouth also should take credit from this award, as without them I would not be able to do my job, and have gained the knowledge needed to complete the apprenticeship programme. The recognition from Trescal upon receiving the award has been brilliant, and has spurred me on to continue the hard work with my future studies and hopefully the success can continue.”

Training Officer Dave Smith said “Sam has always shown a keen interest throughout his Apprenticeship and I could see from the very first meeting that he would be a valuable asset to Trescal. Whilst his technical ability has never been in doubt, it’s the way that he has applied himself over the last three years which left me in no doubt that he should be put forward for Stegta’s excellence award in Engineering Technical Support. Sam always strives to do his best and the double grade distinction* he achieved in his BTEC qualification clearly highlights this. It’s been a pleasure to work with Sam and with continued support from the team at Trescal Great Yarmouth and Sam’s insatiable appetite to learn, I’m sure the future holds great things. Congratulations!”

STEGTA Excellence Award – James Taylor

STEGTA Excellence Award

A huge Congratulations to James Taylor of Waters who has been awarded a STEGTA Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering!

James was presented the excellence award at Waters Wilmslow, where his family and colleagues gathered to celebrate his achievement.
We asked James how he felt about winning the award “I am very proud to win this award and was very surprised when I found out that I’d won. I’d also like to think that this isn’t just my award as it wouldn’t have been possible without the training of the people around me at Stegta, Waters and at home. However it means a lot to have my hard work recognized after putting in many long hours of work to get myself to the level I’m now at. I’d like to be able to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their input to my training to reach where I am up to currently.”

Training Officer Dave Smith said “A big congratulations to James for winning the Excellence Award for Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering. James has worked exceptionally hard over the last three and a half years to reach the level he is now at. He continues to develop he professional and personal skills with every review meeting we have. James has great potential and should his development continue at its current pace, I’m sure he will achieve further qualifications at a higher level and have a full and fruitful career at Waters. Well done James!”

STEGTA Excellence Award – Jessica Seddon

STEGTA Excellence Award

A huge Congratulations to Jessica Seddon of Atkins who has been awarded a STEGTA Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Building Services Engineering!

We asked Jess how she felt about winning the award “I am over the moon to have won this award, I feel that it provides validation and recognition of the work I have done throughout my time as an apprentice. It has certainly helped to boost my belief in my abilities as an engineer, and I shall always continue to work hard and do the best I can to make a difference and be a positive influence. Thank you to my training officer Malcolm Hankey and the team at Atkins for the support provided throughout my NVQ so far, as the guidance really helped point me in the right direction”

Malcolm Hankey said “Jess has worked incredibly hard during her time with Atkins and fully deserved her award. I am delighted that her efforts have been recognised by STEGTA and fully expect that she will go from strength to strength after completing her apprenticeship, becoming an even more valuable member of the Atkins team.”