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HETA opens global opportunity for Scunthorpe teenager

12th March 2018

A Scunthorpe teenager is celebrating landing an apprenticeship opportunity with a global leader in deriving energy from waste. Seventeen-year old Samantha Dobson, from Epworth, will join Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) following the completion of her first year of technical training at HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association).

Passionate about engineering

Samantha’s passion for this industry was sparked while studying engineering and resistant materials at her school – South Axholme Academy. Enjoying the hands-on aspect of the subject, as well as the ability to explore her creative side, she applied and successfully secured a place at HETA.

“Everyone at HETA is really supportive, the instructors are with you every step of the way,” says Samantha. “Their guidance on writing my CV, mock interviews, in addition to supplying other employability skills, was essential to me landing my placement with HZI.”

A world of opportunity

Samantha is looking forward to getting started with HZI in the summer, which will see her move to Edinburgh for her first year of training and may offer her further opportunities for travel. She hopes that her success will also inspire more women into engineering roles.

“A career in engineering has got so much to offer and it’s a really exciting thing to be a part of,” adds Samantha. “I can’t wait to see where the opportunity with HZI will take me and what I will learn along the way.

“The fact that I will also start earning while I am completing my apprenticeship will allow me to go all the way through to degree level. Applying to HETA has genuinely opened up a world of opportunity for me.”

Career progression

With a widening skills gap, a career in engineering offers excellent employability opportunities, as HETA Scunthorpe’s Centre Manager Joanne Rowland explains: “Last year we saw the first Scunthorpe cohort complete their three-year apprenticeships. We are now seeing them progress to the next level of education, as well as take on leadership roles.

“The diverse range of companies and the dedicated team that I am privileged to work with, really support, challenge and drive individuals forward to reach their potential before they embark on their engineering careers.”     If you would like to follow in Samantha’s footsteps, you can find out more about careers in engineering and the employment opportunities available at HETA Scunthorpe’s open evening on the 15th March: