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Steve Peppercorn

March 8, 2017 • Investing in Young Enterprise • National Apprenticeship Week • Youth Enterprise

Steve Peppercorn

National Apprenticeship Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and Monmouthshire is marking the occasion by talking to members of staff  who started with us as apprentices.

When did you start your apprenticeship?

I started a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) apprenticeship in September 1988 in Mechanical Engineering for Gwent County Council. This then led to me being awarded an Indentured apprenticeship in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering from 4th September 1989 to 1993.

Why did you become an apprentice?
I decided to become an Apprentice because back in the day becoming an Apprentice was the most common way of starting in a trade or profession of choice so it was a natural path for me to follow. Many of my friends had gained an Apprenticeship at Girlings but I wanted to try a different path into a profession.
My Apprenticeship taught me so much! I was straight out of school so I soon learnt many life skills like discipline, respect, self-motivation and to be open minded. It gave me the opportunity to follow my dream of becoming a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer. I was very much mentored by a fantastic boss named Dave Bramald who made me feel I could accomplish anything. I learnt so many skills so quickly in my daily work from several characters that I will always think of fondly.

How did your apprenticeship benefit you?
An education was provided for the first year (1989) full time at Nash College learning Mechanical Maintenance Engineering and other skills such as welding, milling, lathe turning, and basic electrical. This was continued in the working week with 1 full day of college and one evening class to progress the various City and Guilds qualifications. Life experience was again further enhanced with a brilliant group of Apprentices that made the most of our time there. I learnt that work was important but education was also very important to progress and gain the knowledge base required to progress.

Where are you now?
I am currently in a seconded role working with Shared Facilities Management which is a collaboration between Gwent Police and Monmouthshire County Council. My experience of working for Gwent Police as an apprentice put me in a good position for this role even though it was some time ago.

Best thing about your job?
I love the variety of my role. I have never been a person that could do one thing day in day out. Not knowing what the next day will bring is what has always been the prominent factor throughout my career and keeps me motivated.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years time, I would like to be in a permanent Managerial Position with a team of people that provide a recognised quality service model for collaboration.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?
To someone considering an apprenticeship l would say ‘Why are you not doing it yet?!’. It is the best way you can start your dream of whatever you wish to become. It will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career and you will not forget the experiences and characters you meet along the way.