Molly never thought she would do a job in engineering – she didn’t think it was for people ‘like her’. But now she’s doing an engineering apprenticeship, helping build some of the world’s most recognisable trucks, because she’s got the exact skills and attributes needed to really flourish in this career.
Molly’s a natural born problem-solver, and it’s her responsibility to assess newly completed trucks, identifying and fixing any mechanical issues before they are sent on to customers. “I feel really privileged because I’ve learnt a lot in three years – so much so that more experienced colleagues actually come to me for advice!”
The Peterlee plant that Molly works in is the home of Caterpillar’s articulated truck. “You can go anywhere in the world and you’ll find the truck. When you see them on the motorway, to know you’ve played a part in building it, that’s really rewarding. They’ve even used the trucks to rescue people during hurricanes and floods!”
While finishing her GCSEs Molly spoke to her school careers adviser, who suggested the government’s apprenticeship website. Spotting the apprenticeship with Caterpillar flicked a switch, and after a tough selection process she got offered the job the day before her school prom.
Today she loves what she does, and never looks back. “We always say here that working on the truck is like playing with those construction kits you got when you were younger, all nuts and bolts but on a much bigger scale. It’s always lots of fun and the day goes by really quickly.”
Molly's career pathway
- 2014 Completed her GCSEs including a GCSE in Graphic Design
- 2015 Began an Advanced Apprenticeship with Caterpillar Peterlee, which included studying Engineering one day at week at Hartlepool College
- 2017 Moved on to a Higher Apprenticeship, which includes a HNC in Mechanical Engineering