Going for Gold – Two Siemens engineering apprentices are racing towards the finish line.

Going for Gold – Two Siemens engineering apprentices are racing towards the finish line.

According to a news article in The Manufacturer, a pair of engineering apprentices, both in their second year of a degree apprenticeship with Siemens Digital Industries are galloping towards the finish line in an international skills competition.

Lucy Yelland, 20, and Ben Love, 19, are taking part in the National Finals of the 2022 WorldSkills UK competition, the final is to be held at Barking & Dagenham College from 14-18 November 22. It’s the culmination of a seven-month process including regional heats and intensive training. The winners go on to represent Team UK at the skills competition in Lyon, France, in 2024.

Ben, from Salford, and has been interested in engineering and technology from an early age.

“My dad runs an electrical engineering business, so I grew up tinkering with electrical components and various hardware and software that he brought home from work,” he said. “It became a hobby and when I was 14, I used Siemens’ kit to build a home automation system which controlled my bedroom blinds, lamp, and even set up an alarm system with a laser through beam sensor.

Lucy, from Stoke, Staffordshire, also discovered her interest in engineering through her dad.

“I liked fixing things, whether that was my bike or some broken household appliance,” she said. “I was very hands-on, and you could often find me messing about in the garage with dad.

The Clayton Hall Academy student did GCSE engineering before A-Levels in key STEM subjects including mathematics and physics, as well as undertaking work experience placements in engineering.

Commenting on their achievement, Brian Holliday, Managing Director for Siemens Digital Industries, said: “Lucy and Ben have shown real dedication and determination to make it so far in the competition and we are very proud of them. Their achievement demonstrates a promising career at Siemens.

“Early careers opportunities like apprenticeships are a critical part of our mission to ensure we have the talent and growth mindset we need for the future.

“Offering school leavers, university students and graduates a fulfilling career pathway is key to solving the skills gap in the technology, manufacturing and engineering industries.”

A quick Google on Early Careers programmes returns 409,000,000 results and provides easy to navigate rich pickings for anyone with children that shows an inkling of interest in any one of a vast array of subjects.

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