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Faye Banks

Case Study: Apprentice

I’m quite pleased with the way that my career has gone, considering that I left school with no GCSEs.

“I picked up quite a few awards during my training, including Best Engineering Student (1999), Most Promising Young Female Engineer (2002), UK Young Woman Engineer (2004) and National Further Education Gold Award (2005).”

I had had quite a few problems at home, which didn’t help, but I soon realised that I needed qualifications if I was to get a good job.

So I went to Wakefield College to resit my GCSEs. I ended up with 5 As, 1 B and 2 Cs. I enjoyed doing practical things, but also liked the theoretical side as well, so I enquired about a Modern Apprenticeship.

I particularly liked the idea of engineering - I knew that not many females went into the profession and that made me even more determined.

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce found me an engineering Apprenticeship with Linpac Plastics in Featherstone and I attended Wakefield College on day-release.

I picked up quite a few awards during my training, including Best Engineering Student (1999), Most Promising Young Female Engineer (2002), UK Young Woman Engineer (2004) and National Further Education Gold Award (2005).

I continued to study and gained an HNC in Electrical Engineering. I moved on when I was approached to take a job at Unilever’s site in Leeds, where I worked on the installation of new production lines.

It was there that I started a master’s degree with the Open University, which was ideal as I was working shifts at the time. I followed this with a further job with Carlsberg UK where I worked on the commissioning of a new bottling line.

I am now South Yorkshire operations manager with Yorkshire Water, based at their Lundwood treatment works and am now intending to study for the MBA, as my ambition is to move into a senior engineering management role.

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