The tenth National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 10 March 2017 and is celebrating employees who started as an apprentice 10 years ago. The aim is to bring together employers and apprentices to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and encourage more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.
National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service; the week celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals and businesses.
Gavin Robertson started with PEME as a labourer working on an installation project in a Brewery in 2006. Gavin performed well on this initial project and as a result PEME offered him employment in a Paint Factory in 2007 and later that year he started a mechanical apprenticeship.
PEME is an engineering company specialising in Asset Care services that help manufacturers have safe production assets achieving their full potential. PEME operates a well-respected Apprentice Scheme, which began in 2004 and has been successful in bringing fresh talent to our engineering teams.
During his apprenticeship, Gavin worked at various manufacturing sites in the UK and Europe including food manufacturers, chemical Plants and print media specialists. The work was varied and ranged from routine mechanical maintenance, breakdowns, overhauls, rip-outs, line moves and installation projects.
Once Gavin finished his apprenticeship in 2010, he re-joined the PEME Plant Maintenance team in the Paint Factory as a Mechanical Breakdown engineer on a shift team. He spent 5 years on this site furthering his experience, during which he completed a welding course for Arc and TIG, Scissor lift and Genie boom licences, slinger and signaller courses.
After 5 years of learning his trade and gaining experience, Gavin decided he wanted to challenge himself, learn new skills and also begin to progress towards roles with greater responsibility. So when an opportunity arose for a Reliability Engineer position within PEME, Gavin applied and was successful in being promoted into the new role in 2015. Since then, Gavin has gained experience working on Maintenance Improvement projects in different factories including a Brick factory in the UK and a metal recycling Plant in Norway. He has also been employed as a Maintenance Planner in an automotive factory.
Gavin has recently started training to become a Condition Monitoring Engineer which involves capturing data in factories and carrying out analysis using techniques such as oil analysis, vibration analysis, thermography and acoustics. This helps find degradation before it causes a breakdown. He is learning new skills but is able to utilise his gained knowledge of how machines fail so he can help clients improve Productivity.