In honour of Apprenticeship Week, we caught up with the Booth Welsh Directors to hear about their first roles as apprentices and the advice they would give to anyone looking to succeed in an apprentcieship.

Martin Welsh
What was your first apprentice role?

My apprenticeship was as an Instrument Artificer. It was a term that ICI had used to describe the role and my employer at that time, Balfour Kirkpatrick, had many ex ICI staff.

What one line of advice would you give to a current apprentice looking to make their mark?

My advice would be to do your absolute best for the people around you in your working life as you would at home.  You will quickly gain their respect and trust and that goes a long way as you grow your career. And remember your first job won’t be your last so learn as much as you can as you progress.

 

John Richardson
What was your first apprentice role?

I left Govan High in 1997 and joined Barr & Stroud in Glasgow as an apprentice Manufacturing Technician. My first experience was a 9-month placement at EKGTA training centre learning the basics of production engineering. I then got the chance to work on GPTIRF (General Purpose Thermal Imaging Repair Facility) which included travelling to MoD sites in the UK and Germany which was a fantastic experience.

What one line of advice would you give to a current apprentice looking to make their mark?

Enjoy it, always aim to learn and develop, and network as much as possible both with internal and external stakeholders.

 

Gordon Semple
What was your first apprentice role?

Electrical Apprentice at Beechams Pharmaceuticals in Irvine (as it was called then, back in 1987!)

What one line of advice would you give to a current apprentice looking to make their mark?

To pursue further education as part of your Apprenticeship, whether it is via your employer or on your own initiative. From my experience, this is invaluable and will make you a more rounded individual at the end of your Apprenticeship and more marketable! I was lucky enough to be sponsored via my employer throughout my Apprenticeship to do my ONC & HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Kilmarnock College (5 years) and then my Honours Degree in the same subject at Glasgow Caledonian University (4 years), all on day release. Never easy, as you are juggling work, social, and study commitments for the full term but certainly worth it!

 

Gary Mutter
What was your first apprentice role?

I had exactly the same start as Martin, apprenticeship as instrument artificer with Balfour Kilpatrick. My first job soon brought me back down to earth. It was at Hiram Walker Distillery in Dumbarton (now Ballantyne’s).

What one line of advice would you give to a current apprentice looking to make their mark?

My advice would be, an apprenticeship teaches you a lot however you need to build up strong inner strength as you don’t always get the best jobs. You need to persevere, work hard, earn respect and build good relationships with everyone on the job and finally to make yourself as valuable as you can then success will come quickly.

 

Gavin Florence
What was your first apprentice role?

For the 1st Year of my Electrical Technician apprenticeship role with Weir Pumps, I attended

Their training centre where you were taught a variety of engineering basics such as welding, turning, CNC and electrical

What one line of advice would you give to a current apprentice looking to make their mark?

Keep asking questions all the time and take pride in every task you do, no matter how small.