Interview with an Apprentice

In light of National Apprenticeship Week, we recently caught up with a first-year apprentice, Samuel Plumb to find out how he’s found the first six months of his apprenticeship so far…

Firstly, please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?

Samuel Plumb - Drax (C&I Apprentice)


When did you first become interested in engineering and why an apprenticeship?

With an apprenticeship, you get to work as you learn and its much more practical. You learn a lot about the industry you are in. I became interested in engineering because it’s hands on and very interesting!


What made you decide to pursue a career in power generation?

With Power Generation there are always going to be jobs because we always need electricity. It’s a good industry to be in because you are always learning and its an intense environment which I like! Jobs within the industry are varied.


You are now six months in, what have you found the most enjoyable parts of the apprenticeship?

The most enjoyable part is learning new skills and techniques every day, that I can put into practice. I have also enjoyed meeting new people from different companies.


And what have you found the most challenging?

I have found moving away from home challenging but also enjoyable as it makes you more independent.


What are your plans for the future, once you have finished the apprenticeship?

After I finish my apprenticeship I would like to continue my HNC and HND and hopefully be put forward for supervisor training. I would like to remain at Drax for as long as I can and continue to provide electricity for the country.


What advice would you give to others who may be considering applying for an apprenticeship in engineering?

I would advise that you must be a practical person with a hardworking attitude and determined to finish something once you have started it!


Thank you Sam for this account of your time on your apprenticeship. If you’re interested in finding out more about our apprenticeship options then please do contact us or visit our apprenticeships page.