National Apprenticeship Week: Case Study - Ben Roper

Meet Ben, Quality Manager and Level 3 Team Leader Apprentice within our Infrastructure division. Ben takes us through his experience of taking on an apprenticeship and advice for others looking to do the same.



Here's Ben's Story:

"Hi, I’m Ben and I’m currently doing my Team Leader apprenticeship through CET. I joined the business in October 2009 as a Laboratory Technician at our Wolvey Laboratory and I’ve come a long way since then.

"Before joining CET I managed a public house, before making the jump to materials testing. I had already gained my BSc Honours Degree from the University of Hull and after joining the Wolvey lab, I’ve worked my way through the company. After two years, I joined the HSEQ Team as a Quality Technician, moving to Senior Quality Technician and now I’m the Quality Manager for the Infrastructure Division.

"Since joining CET, I was able to study for many additional qualifications, including the UKAS 17025 Internal Auditor course, a Bywater Excel Uncertainty of Measurement Course and many internally-run training courses over the years.

"I started by apprenticeship in June 2018 and the experience so far is been very interesting. The course has been very informative on management techniques, particularly through the use of interactive workshops. The course also covers a broad scope of business aspects, some of which I have found to be unfamiliar, so it’s good to be able to learn about something completely new.

"The different learning styles have been really helpful, as you don’t feel like you’re sitting in lectures or just listening to information all of the time – you get involved in the learning.

"As with all study, it’s been challenging to manage study, work and home life (particularly since I became a Dad last year) but making sure I find the time to study has been rewarding, as I’m progressing my studies and I’m able to put some of it into practice already.

"Some of the management techniques, particularly the SWOT analysis, as well as the training on setting and conducting meetings, have helped me in my day-to-day job already.

"As I’m sure many will tell you, making sure that you make the time to carry out your studies appropriately is really important to making your apprenticeship work for you. I would recommend further studies to anyone in the work of work, and an apprenticeship is a great way of furthering your career."