As a business we are committed to finding and developing the next generation of hire professionals and are really proud to see that our successful apprenticeship scheme continues to attract excellent people. Celebrating National Apprentice Week is really important to encourage people to #LookBeyond and #GetFiredUp about becoming an apprentice. Over the next few days we will be publishing some Q&A sessions with some of our apprentices. Don’t forget we will also be supporting the #AskAnApprentice sessions on Twitter (Wednesday 5th February 12noon – 2pm).

Today we meet Apprentice Plant Operator, Danielle Taylor.

What has been your favourite machine at the college and why?
I’ve enjoyed the 360-excavators the most, I’ve had the opportunity to drive four different excavators and it was interesting to see how each one varied. They were hard to drive at first, particularly as I hadn’t driven machines before coming to college, but in the end were the most fun to drive and I’m looking forward to improving in the future.

What did you do prior to joining the programme and why did you choose to take this career change?
Previously I worked as an auditor in a bank. I’d looked at joining the army as a machine mechanic several times. My grandad had driven machines and my other grandad, as well as other friends and family. I liked mechanics so my interest came from them. After speaking to a friend, I decided to drive machines and looked at an ADT course prior to applying for the apprenticeship.

What are your aspirations for the future? E.g. machine type, type of project, development within Flannery?
I’m still new to the industry, at the moment I’d like to drive a 360-excavator and haven’t considered anything but machine driving. I’m sure there will be a lot to learn on site and we’ll see where my career goes.

Why did you choose Flannery as your apprentice employer?
I spoke to a friend who had been through the scheme and seen Flannery were encouraging more women into the industry. It was after looking into the company and from what my friend had said I decided it was a company I’d like to work for.