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Jimmy’s Apprenticeship Story

James Sydenham, otherwise known as Jimmy, joined Packaging Automation as an Electrical Apprentice in 2012, this is Jimmy’s Apprenticeship story…


I chose to go for an Apprenticeship mainly because it involved hands on work and on-the-job experience as opposed to just classroom learning.


Being an Apprentice at PA I was able to experience working in all parts of the business, before focusing on the electrical side towards the end of my Apprenticeship. This really helped me to achieve a further electrical qualification, outside of the framework, during the same timescale.


I enjoyed working with and learning from other experienced engineers and seeing different techniques put into practice, something that cannot be replicated in a classroom.


For anyone thinking about taking the Apprenticeship route I would say go for it, the experience is invaluable, there is lots of potential for progression and you can earn whilst you learn!


In 2020, I was awarded Packaging Automation Employee of the Year whilst in my current role as a Service Engineer where I travel around customers’ sites installing, servicing and repairing PA machinery.


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