Completing his apprenticeship in early 2019, Josh was one of the first apprentices in the country to achieve both a Science Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship standard, as well as a Diploma in Polymer Processing. S4P has reached out to Josh to see what his thoughts were on the apprenticeship and how life has been since completing.
How did you get into the plastics industry?
The thought of an apprenticeship within such a huge industry appealed to me and after finishing school I applied for an apprenticeship at Silgan Closures.
What was your very first role and where are you now?
I joined as a trainee Process Setter. After completing my level 3 with S4P. I am a fully qualified process setter on days, regularly undertaking trials work and projects in the factory. I have also just completed my level 3 in Leadership & Management.
What is your biggest achievement to date within your workplace?
Completing my Level 3 apprenticeship with S4P and completing the Level 3 ILM Leadership & Management.
How do you feel the apprenticeship has helped you?
The apprenticeship has helped me in becoming confident working on the different types of equipment in the industry. It gave me knowledge that I will carry with me for life and hopefully pass down to future generations in the industry.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I see myself in a senior role working towards becoming a manager.
What has been the most useful thing you have learnt along the way?
The most useful thing I have learnt along the way is the health and safety aspect of my apprenticeship, making me aware of all the potential hazards in the industry.
What advice would you give to anyone entering the industry now?
Once qualified there are so many opportunities to progress into all manner of fields in the industry. Take the leap.