North Lincolnshire teenager earns apprenticeship with world-leading firm

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Mar 2018

A North Lincolnshire teenager has landed an apprenticeship opportunity with a firm which is a world leader in deriving energy from waste.

Samantha Dobson, 17, will join Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) following the completion of her first year of technical training at the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).

Her passion for the industry was sparked while she was studying engineering and resistant materials at South Axholme Academy in Epworth.

She enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the subject, as well as the ability to explore her creative side, and successfully applied to HETA.

Now, she is looking forward to starting with HZI in the summer, which will see her move to Edinburgh for her first year of training and could lead to further travel opportunities.

Thanking those who helped her secure the apprenticeship, she said: "Everyone at HETA is really supportive, the instructors are with you every step of the way.

"Their guidance on writing my CV, mock interviews, in addition to supplying other employability skills, was essential to me landing my placement with HZI."

Samantha, who is from Epworth, said she hoped her success would inspire more women to take up roles in engineering.

She said: "A career in engineering has got so much to offer and it’s a really exciting thing to be a part of.

"I can’t wait to see where the opportunity with HZI will take me and what I will learn along the way.

"The fact that I will also start earning while I am completing my apprenticeship will allow me to go all the way through to degree level. Applying to HETA has genuinely opened up a world of opportunity for me."

HETA's Scunthorpe centre manager Joanne Rowland said a career in engineering offered excellent employability opportunities.

She said: "Last year we saw the first Scunthorpe cohort complete their three-year apprenticeships. We are now seeing them progress to the next level of education, as well as take on leadership roles.

"The diverse range of companies and the dedicated team that I am privileged to work with really support, challenge and drive individuals forward to reach their potential before they embark on their engineering careers."

HETA is set to hold its latest open evening at its Ram Boulevard site on Scunthorpe's Foxhills Industrial Estate from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, March 15.

Opportunities will be available then to find out more about careers in engineering and the employment opportunities available.

For more information, see www.heta.co.uk



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