National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is taking place this year from 7th to 13th February and provides a great opportunity for businesses to celebrate their apprentices and showcase the opportunities that they can provide to people seeking an apprenticeship. At present, Heyn Handling Solutions employs seven young men on Apprenticeship programmes.
The Heyn Engineering division has historically offered apprenticeship places each year. It has been a great tool to use and some of our existing fully qualified engineers have come through the apprenticeship with the company and remained. In the Engineering team, there are currently 4 apprentices with progression from first to final year served of their time.
Our second first year apprentices is Aaron Barrett
. Aaron has been with Heyn Engineering for 5 months as an Apprentice Engineer. Aaron is usually mentored by Senior Engineers Johnny and Lee.
Overview of your role with Heyn?
I'm normally out with the senior engineers on whatever customer site is required. I shadow their work and have helped with changing wire ropes on cranes and crane services.
What do you like best about the Apprenticeship?
I like having the chance to learn more about how the machines work. I've always had a keen interest in machinery and this apprenticeship has helped me to develop my skills further.
Why did you choose to go down the route of this particular apprenticeship?
I already had some experience working with my granda on pallet trucks and forklift trucks and wanted to continue to gain experience and skills in the materials handling industry. My dad has a connection to Heyn as well having previously been employed here and I knew I would enjoy it.
What do you hope to gain at the end of the apprenticeship and would you recommend an apprenticeship as a career route?
I hope to gain a job essentially at the end of the apprenticeship having gained all the qualifications required to be a good asset to the team.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship as a career route? If so, why?
Yes most definitely, an apprenticeship provides the opportunity to get to grips with the theory and practical alongside it. The chance to learn how it all works!