Kieran Baker-Symonds is on a three year apprenticeship which combines college with practical, hands on experience. Kieran joined us in September 2017 after leaving Thetford Academy and has kindly shared an insight into his experience at 2 Sisters so far.
What made you choose an apprenticeship with 2 Sisters Food Group?
I wanted an opportunity to develop a good career path and get involved in work straight away.
I live in Thetford and I was aware that 2 Sisters was a big player in the food business with good prospects and I also knew a couple of engineers at the business.
What work have you been doing within your apprenticeship?
I’ve just completed a wire testing course and before that I learnt how to weld. More recently I’ve been given my own responsibilities on the factory floor and I’m trusted to get on with the jobs such as making sure that the connecting multicore cables for our Revo system are in working order and that we have a spare made up. I have also installed some new lighting in the roof void to illuminate the vacuum pump area. This was supervised by our electrical duty holder.
What’s the structure of your apprenticeship like?
I’m currently in the first year of a three year course that will lead to a level three qualification as a maintenance and operations engineering technician.
I normally spend one day a week at West Suffolk College as part of my day release and the rest of the week at the factory. As part of the new standard apprenticeship, I can also attend additional training modules and next week I’m attending a Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) course. At the end of April I will attend a Ravenwood labeller course with other members of the engineering team.
Can you describe 2 Sisters in 3 words?
Welcoming, motivational, positive
What do you think is the best thing about working for 2 Sisters?
Working with a great team of people that encourage me to ask lots of questions. The team is always happy to help and answer my queries so I’m learning something new every day.
What is the most challenging thing about working for 2 Sisters?
The pace of the business is fast and I struggled with this at the beginning but I’m improving my skills all the time and now feel more confident about working under pressure.
What are your prospects of progressing after your apprenticeship?
I want to become the best I can and get the best out of myself by undertaking further qualifications. 2 Sisters encourage people to better themselves and I want to expand my skill set so that I can help the team.
What advice would you give to any young people considering a career here?
Go for it! Coming to 2 Sisters has been the best thing that has happened to me. It’s a great place to work, with lots to learn and every days different.
I’d definitely recommend an engineering apprenticeship at 2 Sisters to any school leaver because you get to learn a universal trade and gain access to a great career path.
Name: Kieran Baker-Symonds
Role: Multi skilled maintenance technician engineer apprentice. Provide electrical and mechanical engineering support to our coated chicken production business.