Since joining us in August, Finlay has been learning from our expert engineering team at our York-based manufacturing facility, alongside studying for his level 3 metal fabricator qualification with our partner York College.

Just this week he’s been putting into practice what he’s learned so far – just look at the fighter jet he’s made to brush up on his welding technique using the scrap metal from the workshop! We’re already super impressed with his creativity, skill and proactive approach to learning.

We caught up with Finlay to hear how he’s been getting on…


What made you apply for this apprenticeship and what were you doing before?

“This apprenticeship appealed to me after my tutors at college shared the opportunity with me to join ISF as an apprentice Manufacturing Engineer. This position impressed me due to the variety it presented and after two years of engineering classes, it felt like the next step for me to develop my skills within a company.”


How are you settling in so far?

“So far this opportunity has been excellent, from the type of work I’m being handed, to the accommodation of my skill set, and just how great and welcoming the people have been to me.”


What are you most looking forward to?

“Expanding on my skills to a point where I can independently work on job and be confident and proud of my own abilities.”


What are your future goals and where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“If everything goes to plan, I hope to still be learning everyday at ISF, to have progressed personally and professionally and continuously improving on my skills!” 


What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

““Every so often I’m away with my historical re-enactment group getting bashed up for the weekend! And if the weather is good, I’m definitely out with my motorbike riding group, ending up who knows where!”


It’s great to have Finlay onboard as part of the ISF team helping to grow the future of our specialist engineering business.

Find out more about apprenticeships at ISF, here.