National Apprenticeship Week

6th February 2020

National Apprenticeship Week

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This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we’re proud to be part of a forward-thinking scheme that promotes an investment in our UK workforce. 

For years MST has understood the value of apprenticeships but this is truer today than ever before. With such a shortage of skilled workers out there, it makes sense to ‘grow your own’ in order to retain the level of expertise our customers expect. What better way to do this than to invest in an apprentice who will hopefully develop a loyalty and respect for the company and its core values. 

As many of our technicians have been with us between 10 to 40 years, we can ensure that we do not lose this vast amount experience as they mentor our apprentices to eventually pass the baton on. Through their mentorship, our apprentices learn a range of innovative skills and techniques that will set them apart from the competition, helping them to embark on a long and successful career within Land Based Engineering.

The career prospects for a qualified Land Based Engineer are varied, with a progression route within engineering itself or it may even lead beyond the workshop, with some who have successfully moved into workshop management or even sales. The knowledge that is gained through an apprenticeship is widely recognised throughout the industry and can open many doors to advance your career.

With this in mind MST places a real focus on respect and support for our apprentices to ensure they feel valued and want to continue their career with us as they become qualified. We listen to what they want to achieve and if we can support it then we will work hard to create a pathway for them to progress.

We currently have a number of apprentices across all 3 of our sites; Tiverton, Lee Mill and South Petherton, who are all highly committed to achieving their apprenticeship with us here at MST. We were fortunate enough to have recruited a full complement of apprentices last year and we hope to achieve the same level of intake this year! 

So, if you’re currently looking for a work experience placement for June/July or you’re thinking about what you want to do when you’ve finished your exams this year, please get in touch as we would love to hear from you. You can join us for just a couple of days or a week to see if it’s something you would enjoy and who knows, you may be invited back for an interview!

 Of course apprenticeships are no longer just for school leavers so if you fancy a change in direction and can demonstrate a passion for what we do then please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to laura.daniels@longhousegroup.co.uk.

 You should aim to tell us a bit about yourself, your background and why you’re interested in a career in Land Based Engineering. We’re looking for a bit of passion and drive in our apprentices so don’t be afraid to show us what you know. 

 

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To help you decide if it could be for you, we asked one of our Year 1 Apprentices, Jordan Niven, to share his experiences as an apprentice so far... 

“Since I started my job at MST, I have really enjoyed my time so far. The work I do includes some servicing, pre-delivery inspections, warranty work and repair jobs.

The depot I am working with is a great team! We can all have a good laugh together as well as getting the job done. They take the time to show me things if I have any questions and they are all very patient and willing to help.

I go to Moreton Morrell college in Warwickshire on block release and this is about 3 months of the year. The lectures go into a lot of detail and are very in depth on all topics but they make it easy to understand.

Land Based Engineering can be a very tricky job at times but if you have a genuine passion for tractors you will get a lot out of it.

In the future, I hope to stay on at MST to achieve all of my career goals.”