10 Years On


It’s National Apprenticeship Week, which is celebrating employees like PEME’s Matt Lawrence, who started their apprenticeship 10 years ago. PEME operates a well-respected apprentice scheme, which began in 2004 and has been successful in bringing fresh talent to our engineering teams.

National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service; the week celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals and businesses.

The tenth National Apprenticeship Week is taking place from 6 to 10 March 2017. 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.

Prior to starting his career with PEME in 2007, Matt attended Stamford college where he completed 3 A-Levels in graphic design, business studies and sports science. His Apprenticeship involved 3 years part-time study at Peterborough technical college where he gained a level 3 City and Guilds qualification in electrical installations as well as an AM2 electrical competency status. The course covered everything from basic Electrical Installations to complex electrical theories.

During his apprenticeship and since, Matt has gained hands-on electrical engineering experience in various factories including food manufacturers, chemical plants and print media specialists.  This has involved a wide variety of electrical work ranging from Plant Maintenance to large Installation Projects. This experience includes installing production lines into new factories in Vietnam and China.

As Matt has become more experienced, he has gained additional professional qualifications including ATEX competency attending and successfully completing CompEx 01-06 which involves learning about working safely within explosive atmospheres. This is a complex and tough course which Matt thoroughly enjoyed.

Following promotion, Matt’s current role is as a PEME electrical team leader responsible for a team of 10 electrical technicians covering 2 separate food manufacturing sites.  His duties range from organising routine tasks to scoping and quoting electrical works; from simple £100 electrical installation and maintenance tasks up to £100k improvement projects.  In this role, he has gained experience in people management, maintenance, project planning, quoting and client interaction.

Away from work, Matt is very outgoing and thoroughly enjoys playing football for Ketton FC and can often be found on a local golf course.