Building Skills for Life: Byworth Boilers Champions Apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week 2024
Posted 8th February 2024
This week, the UK celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2024), a time to shine a light on the incredible opportunities apprenticeships offer young people. The theme this year - Skills for Life - perfectly summarises the benefits of apprenticeships and practical learning. At Byworth Boilers, we believe in nurturing diverse talents and empowering the next generation of our Team.
As a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency boilers, Byworth Boilers recognises the crucial role skilled individuals play in the design, manufacture and maintenance of our steam and hot water solutions. That's why we offer an apprenticeship program that provides a platform for young people to gain valuable hands-on experience, professional qualifications, and mentorship from industry experts.
Building a brighter future:
Our commitment to apprenticeships extends beyond NAW 2024. We are dedicated to:
Continuously improving our program: We actively seek feedback from apprentices, mentors, and the wider team to ensure our scheme stays relevant and addresses the evolving needs of the business.
Promoting apprenticeships: We participate in local career fairs and events to showcase the rewarding career path offered by apprenticeships.
Investing in talent: We offer opportunities for our apprentices to progress within the company, providing them with a clear path for career progression.
Byworth Boilers takes immense pride in supporting young people and unlocking their potential through our apprenticeship program.
More than just learning a trade:
Throughout NAW2024 we have been showcasing some of our amazing team that maximised the potential of their apprenticeships and progressed within their careers. Check out their stories below.
John – Apprentice to Head of Sales
John began his working life as a Mechanical Engineering apprentice and is now our Head of Sales. WE asked John a few questions about his experience.
𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱?
I wanted to do something practical, this led me to engineering.
𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂?
Yes, all things mechanical. Witnessing an engineer bring something into existence from scratch and master a specific skill – that inspired me to want to achieve the same.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀?
At the time I was keen to try something new, when offered the opportunity to join our sales team I thought “why not”!?
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿?
Discipline, attention to detail, and the importance of learning from your mistakes.
Dave – Apprentice to Chargehand
After finishing school Dave started the traditional path of attending sixth form. However during the first few months of his A Levels he realised this style of learning wasn't for him and began to search for an apprenticeship. He joined Byworth as an Electrical Apprentice in 2015. The practical learning aspect of the apprenticeship suited Dave much better and having found the right subject and learning method for him, he excelled in his role.
"I am a big believer in apprenticeships for our sector as the hands on experience is so important. It gives you a level of experience that cannot be achieved by classroom learning alone".
After a successful career in the Electrical Department, in summer 2023 Dave was promoted to Electrical Fitting Chargehand.
Dave is a fantastic example of what you can achieve if you work hard and go the extra mile in your role.
Seb – Apprentice to Projects and Sales
Seb began his journey with us as a welding apprentice 12 years ago. Eager to continue his learning journey he then went on to complete his HND in Mechanical Engineering and moved into the Projects Department as a Projects Engineer.
In 2022, after 6 years as a Project Engineer Seb took the leap into a life on the road and moved into our Sales Team.
"Sales was never the end goal when I started my apprenticeship. Moving from the factory into the office was a step I wanted to make to follow further education. I then found a hunger to experience different roles within the business which has since lead me to Sales".
Seb's journey demonstrates the power of an apprenticeship, continuous learning, and adaptability, and highlights that the path to success is not always linear, but filled with unexpected turns and opportunities for growth.
From a welding apprentice to a Project Engineer and now a member of our Sales Team, Seb has shown that with hard work, dedication, and a passion for learning, the possibilities are endless.