Shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year 2024 at Newcastle College, we're celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and catch up with Stephen on site to find out more about his career here at Owben.
Why did you choose an engineering apprenticeship?
The reason I chose an engineering apprenticeship was to gain experience and knowledge in a skilled trade. Here at Owben we cover fabrication, welding, and mechanical installation, gaining a broad scope of key skills and knowledge to help me progress in my career.
What has been a special moment or project during your apprenticeship that helped you grow professionally?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the BWSC renewable energy plant in Hull, helping Owben’s electrical team install cables to get the plant back up and running. It was great to meet new people from other trades and be involved in a project that not many apprentices would have the opportunity to do.
What do you enjoy most about working at Owben?
I enjoy the broad scope of work we do here, every project is different, from fabricating and welding structural steel platforms to cutting and forming sheet metal. You learn a vast range of skills and get to work on various sites.
What advice do you have for people thinking about an engineering apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship provides hands-on experience, practical skills, and industry-specific knowledge, making it an effective way to jumpstart your career. It allows you to learn from experienced professionals and gain a deeper understanding of the trade while earning a wage. They also often lead to job opportunities and help you build a valuable network within the industry.