Sam Smith found a route into the engineering industry through an apprenticeship with National Grid.
Before joining National Grid, Sam Smith tried his hand at a variety of jobs ranging from Go Karting Marshal to community first responder. He had always been interested in engineering and signed up for an apprenticeship as he was keen to build a long-term career for himself.
At the age of 21 Sam enrolled on a National Grid Apprentice scheme in Substation Management and has recently completed his final year.
As well as earning while learning his trade, Sam feels he has learnt many valuable life skills along the way. Sam has also been involved in encouraging others to consider a career in engineering and as recently given an award by National Grid CEO Steve Holliday for his voluntary work in promoting the scheme and sharing his experiences.
The 24-year-old recently received a special recognition for his efforts said: “I am thrilled to have received an award and have really enjoyed all of my training. I have learnt a lot over the last three years, become more confident and developed as a person and I am looking forward to having a successful career within the company.
“I am looking forward to pursuing a career within National Grid, starting at the bottom and working the way to the top, becoming a manager and perhaps even being CEO one day!”
Perceptions of engineering as a potential career choice vary across the world. To find out more about the opportunities and challenges facing young engineers, read our new report, ‘Create the Future,’ available on Monday 26th October, 7am GMT.