Eleanor joined us in 2021, starting off her steel career as an apprentice on our Scunthorpe site after graduating with a foundation degree in applied science from Loughborough University. Find out more about why she wanted to work with us and her hopes for the future...
What made you choose to do an apprenticeship with us?
Growing up, my stepdad worked for the steelworks as a metallurgist. He would always come home and tell me about his day and what he had done at work, this was always the highlight of my day. After he passed away, I wanted to join the steelworks to carry that on with my own children.
What have you been doing within your apprenticeship so far?
For the first 6 months, I was based in the training centre working on my apprenticeship. I learnt all about the tools and equipment used to create items from bright-drawn, mild steel using filing, drilling and sawing techniques.
Since the six month mark, I've been working on domestic installation, from lighting fixtures and sockets, and learning how to test the circuits for continuity and insulation resistance. I then moved on to panel wiring, learning how to draw the circuits and wire them accordingly.
What is the structure of your apprenticeship like?
I have found the support and structure of the scheme to be fantastic - I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have without it.
Where do you see yourself within British Steel in 10 years' time?
In 10 years’ time, I hope to have been in a team leader role for sometime while working towards or have already completed my BEng and MEng engineering degrees. My ultimate goal is to become an electrical engineer so I can help drive the development of British Steel.
What advice would you give to other people considering a career at British Steel?
I would tell them to stop considering and do it! It's an incredible opportunity and they will help you reach your potential.