Ciara O'Sullivan | Graduate Development Programme
During my business placement I was given a project to investigate a technology change in a customer marketplace and look into the potential impact on the business.
In my current placement I am part of a team on a waste heat energy recovery technology, that company has received EU funding for and I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to Brussels as part of this!
There is lots of training, coaching, regular catch ups and working culture where colleagues genuinely try to make sure you are working on and involved with as many interesting projects as possible.
Petros Vlamis | Graduate Development Programme
When I applied, I honestly believed this is the best engineering graduate scheme out there, better than any other household-name engineering company offers. After the first few months I could already tell it exceeded my expectations and completely justifies my original view.
I have been handed projects that matter, and was also encouraged to participate in the daily operations of the business and to take opportunities assuming responsibilities along the way. On the side, I have felt the company invests in me by timely training for the development of soft- and hard-skills and knowledge. I believe this is the best graduate scheme in structure, ideal for young engineers, offering a fair-size experience in all functions of a company, including both manufacturing and product development, as well as technical sales!
Chola Shanyinde | Year In Industry
As part of the placement programme, we were given training to become STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassadors. This has been a really great way to get into schools in the local community and encourage younger and older children into STEM subjects.
There have been plenty of people at the company and within my department who have been very supportive and welcoming. The company has a lot of expertise and knowledge in the form of the workforce; having had the opportunity to work alongside them has been a privilege.
Rebecca Carter | Year In Industry
The placement year at Spirax Sarco is a multi-disciplined year, providing many opportunities to tackle not only technical work, but also other projects such as the Science Festival. Spirax encourage you to develop your technical skills with training courses but also personal skills such as leadership and time management.
Across the year I have been involved in a variety of STEM (science technology engineering and maths) events which are promoted by Spirax to help out and build engineering relations within the community.
The year has been a great opportunity and I would recommend it to any other young engineers.
Jack taylor | Technician Apprentice
The Apprenticeship scheme at Spirax Sarco has given me excellent opportunities to gain recognised qualifications and has contributed to my personal development. The Technician Apprenticeship sees you move around the Company on a rotation, allowing you to meet different people and experience a wide range of activities; from design to sales and manufacturing to procurement. This rotation is in conjunction with theoretical training such as a HNC, which is sponsored for by Spirax Sarco.
The scheme also allows you to support local schools, events like the Cheltenham Science Festival and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) activities – all as an ambassador for a recognised local business.
It is not frequently said that you work for a world leader, but this is possible when you work for Spirax Sarco. The scheme promotes personal development and is an excellent way to gain professional qualifications and experience as a young engineer.
Callum Ross | Technical Apprentice
In the first year of my apprenticeship I was involved in training at an offsite location focussing on areas such as turning, milling, CNC programing and CAD (computer aided design). This gave me a good insight and understanding of working in an engineering environment and it was a good stepping stone for working in the main machine shop.
The company are very good at working with the apprentices to ensure they are placed in a position that suits the individual’s interest and abilities, and for two years I went to college for one day a week studying level 2 and manufacturing courses. This is a great scheme which has given me the skills needed to help my development in the workplace.