Why I came to ISF

Having previously worked as a Site Labourer without any previous experience in engineering, I was excited by the prospect of something a bit different when I was approached by ISF about joining their apprenticeship scheme, nearly 25 years ago now!


What happened on my Apprenticeship

I started my level 3 Sheet Metal Fabrication apprentice in 1999, working one day a week in college to learn technical knowledge and four days a week at the workshop applying my knowledge in a practical setting at ISF.

The combination of learning at college and learning from the ISF team was invaluable. I remember how my workmates took time to help me, and now that I am one of the more experienced members of the team, I try to do the same! ISF is a great company to join as an apprentice, from that point of view.


My role at ISF now

I now work as Site Manager, which means I am responsible for overseeing and installing the varied projects on our customers sites. As well as getting the job done for the client, it involves being very aware of the people involved, the impact on the customers’ business and the health and safety aspects of the job. It is critical to minimise disruption to any manufacturing processes and so a lot of thought and planning is needed, as well as being aware of and minimising any risks to our staff or clients’ employees.

During my time at ISF, I have been on lots of training courses including standard things like health and safety but also I have learned more skills for instance, I completed an appointed person crane course so I could manage crane lift operations on site. I really enjoy the fact that the company supports your learning and helps you to learn new skills.


A word of advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship at ISF

The most satisfying thing about my job is seeing a project through from start to finish and having a happy customer. I love my work and would advise anyone interested in engineering or sheet metal work to do an apprenticeship at ISF – it has been a great experience for me and gave me skills for life. My top tip – If you don’t understand – make sure you ask lots of questions and ‘Just do it!’