Case Study

Karl Edwards

“I started my apprenticeship at Springfields Fuels in 2006 after studying full time at college for a BETC 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 craftsperson.

The first 18 months 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 craftspersons 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.”