Here at Powerstar, we always pride ourselves on our investment in the future, not just through our sustainability ethos, but through our investment in people. Because of this, we are constantly seeking new opportunities through apprenticeships, work experience and specialised programmes like the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

In July, we welcomed a year 10 student to our Sheffield based manufacturing facility for two weeks as part of his work experience.

William with Powerstar’s Operations Director, Lee, and Manufacturing Team Leader, Gary

Currently a student at Ecclesfield School, William has a keen interest in engineering and would welcome the opportunity to pursue a career within the industry once he has completed his education. This made his time as Powerstar an ideal opportunity for him to gain some experience and learn what the operations within a local manufacturing facility entailed.

Due to his career ambitions and having established that he learns most effectively in a practical, hands-on setting, William was assisted in finding Powerstar by a family friend who works at The University of Sheffield. Upon receiving the request we were more than happy to welcome his enthusiasm into the business.

Throughout his time at the business, we caught up with William to learn how he was finding the whole experience. When asked what he was hoping to get out of his time with us, William stated he was hoping to get more of an understanding of what a career as an electrical engineer would involve, assisting his decision as to whether it is the right career for him.

William’s interests include football and he currently spends a lot of time training with and playing for Greasbrough Youth FC, an under 16’s football team – after which he is hoping to advance to the under 21’s squad.

One Week In

After his first week, William reported he had learnt a lot whilst helping with the wiring of our Powerstar MAX systems under the careful supervision of our experienced Manufacturing Team Leader, Gary. Gary remarked that William was delightful to work with and his eagerness to learn really shines through with his intelligent asking of questions about the process to allow him to glean as much information as he can from the experience.

William shared with us that he had enjoyed his first week immensely, and felt the work experience had encouraged him to continue to progress towards a career in engineering.

He is now carefully considering his options for when he leaves school next year, and says he will either look to study engineering further in higher education or look for a more practical option such as an apprenticeship.

After his work experience, William plans to jet off to Spain with his family whist school is closed over the summer, and he looks forward to seeing the FC Barcelona football ground.

We wish William all the best with his future plans and have thoroughly enjoyed having him with us. Should he decide on a career within electrical engineering, we hope he may one day return to complete his apprenticeship with Powerstar.

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Richard Kerr

Richard Kerr