Case Study

“I started my apprenticeship at Springfields Fuels in 2006 after studying full time at college for a BTEC National Diploma in mechanical engineering. The Higher Apprenticeship Scheme at Springfields Fuels was ideal as I could further my studies to a Higher National Certificate whilst learning the hands on skills as a mechanical crafts person.

The first 18months of the apprenticeship was spent in the Springfields apprentice training centre where I was taught skills ranging from the basics to highly technical. I also had experience in a variety of plants gaining knowledge from a range of highly experienced people from skilled crafts persons to plant engineers using skills gained within the Training Centre to help solve real plant problems. 

Since my time as an apprentice I have had the opportunity to again further my studies, having completed a BEng honours degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering. I am currently studying for an MSc in Engineering Management with both degrees funded by Springfields. In 2014 I joined the project department and have progressed to an Engineering Project Manager responsible for the safety, budget, resource, quality and scope delivery aspects of projects varying in scale and complexity.

I have a clear career development plan which includes the Association of Project Management Practitioner qualification in project management and courses in high performing leadership and personal skills. I plan to apply for and achieve chartered engineer status with the Institute of Engineering and Technology in 2018.

Without the strong training foundation that the Springfields apprenticeship scheme gave me I would not have the interesting and challenging career I have now. I highly recommend this apprenticeship scheme to anyone who has aspirations of a career in engineering, wants to learn in a highly hands on environment and is excited by the prospect of a long and rewarding career.” – Karl Edwards