National Apprenticeship Week profile – Jordan Roberts
Jordan Roberts is a mechanical machinist apprentice in his fourth year of training with Sellafield Ltd
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship because I prefer practical, hands-on work over learning from a book. I’ve always loved making things with my hands and this allows me to put that into practice in a real working environment.
What does your mechanical machinist training involve?
At the moment my role involves machining (turning and milling), prepping material for the working week and collecting components from a plant issuing centre on the Sellafield site.
The best thing about being an apprentice is learning new skills on the job and being paid to do so, there are also lots of career opportunities at Sellafield and it is exciting to be part of such a huge company.
I volunteer as an engineer with the local heritage steam railway and I am finding that I am applying many of my new skills to that role too.
What is the best thing about being an apprentice?
I love learning new skills really enjoy using my position to inspire other young people to follow a similar career path, which is why I volunteer as a STEM ambassador for the company. I am also a Scout Leader in my spare time so I find it easy to interact with young people. I enjoy going to career fairs and STEM events to talk to students about apprenticeships and dispel any misleading perceptions they may have about being an apprentice.
What are your career aspirations?
My future aspiration is to become the best I can be in my current role and see what opportunities open up once I have more experience.
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