Tom Lawman – Case Study


pentairI began my apprenticeship the year I left school. I originally wanted to pursue an electrical career and started by applying for some training providers through my careers team. Once on the database at Stegta I received a number of job opportunities to go for interviews one of which is the company I am currently employed at, Safety Systems UK Ltd. Stegta gave me more options with jobs in different trades to see if I was interested rather than narrowing my options which in the end worked well for me. I took on my first job offer at Safety Systems UK who are an engineering company specialist in safety equipment for oil rigs and pipework systems.

When I started out my role I was based full time on a Level 2 course at Wigan College allowing me to get some basic engineering knowledge before I started in the workplace. Throughout this first year I attended Stegta’s office every Friday as the course was only 4 days a week, this gave me time to use the facilities to keep up to date with any outstanding work I had and to discuss any problems with the staff.tomlawman

Once I had completed my first year at college I started at the workplace and went to college on day release. My company created a year plan to go around the various sections i.e. shop floor, research and development, goods in, shipping, sales and so on. At this point I was currently doing my BTEC Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering which was on a 2 year course; this would take me to the end of my 3 years with Stegta. My STEGTA Training Officer Mark Neild, would organise regular visits every 6 weeks to go through my NVQ Level 3 and also my college work. At the end of the first year on the course I had completed my year of moving around the company which then led me to move into a specific area, mine being sales. For the second year of the course my training provider amended my units in the NVQ to suit my job role in sales which was a massive help as it was a lot more work related.
After I completed my final framework my company were happy with my progress and have funded me to carry onto my HNC. I am happy where I am going with my career and now have a sturdy base to build my future.

I would recommend Stegta to anyone looking for an apprenticeship in a trade as they will help you set up a promising future.