• Name: Tom Walsh

• Job title: Mechanical Electrical Apprentice at Icon Plastics

• Do you remember your interview?
I applied through the website apprenticeships.org and the interview was at the old Icon Plastics factory. I was down to the last two and it was nerve-racking but a really good process. I really wanted the apprenticeship and so was excited to be successful.

• Why did you choose this job/career?
I always wanted a job that involved something in maintenance or working in mechanics. Ever since I left school, I wanted to fulfil my ambitions. Working at Icon Plastics is the fulfilment of that ambition.

• My day goes like this
My day starts with regular checks of the machinery including whether they’re properly lubricated. Then, we’re given ‘T Cards’ which set out the day’s job lists, which include jobs to check off such as maintenance checks of specific machinery. This makes sure that everything is in good working order and fixes any problems.

• Dress code
The uniform consists of a polo shirt and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes gloves, goggles and steel toe cap boots. The only thing we don’t have to wear throughout the day is protective goggles.

• What’s the favourite part of your job?
My favourite part of the job is completing a job within a set time, as it gives a sense of achievement.

• What is the least favourite part of your job?
The least favourite part of the job are routine checks, which as the name suggests are less interesting but they are nevertheless an essential part of the job.

• What would be your dream job be if you weren’t doing what you do now
My dream job would have been most kids’ favourite: a footballer. I was good at football at school and still play today.

• How do you relax when you are not working?
I like to relax with friends. I also enjoy going on bike rides as well as football which keep me fit.