Meet the apprentice: Daryl Robson

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In our new Meet the Apprentice blog, we talked to Daryl Robson who is 37-years-old and from Doncaster. Daryl started with Mech FS as an apprentice almost a decade ago when our company was just beginning. Since then, he’s progressed through the business to become project manager, overseeing our air conditioning department.

“Almost ten years ago I started work at Mech FS as an engineer’s mate. I quickly progressed from there to become an engineer and since then I’ve continued to climb the ladder, working through various job titles and gaining experience in all areas – from engineer to senior engineer, site supervisor to site manager – and then to where I am today. I’m now working as a project manager and also managing the Air Conditioning Department.

“In my current role I price jobs, conduct procurement of plant and materials and oversee the day-to-day running of each job on site to maintain Mech FS’s high standard of work.

As a department manager, I also make sure our engineers and apprentices are keeping up those high standards, too, from work installations through to their own self-presentation. I interview potential new starters and deal with any internal problems that occur.

“It’s great to see so many new apprentices coming into the business and, thinking back to where I started from, I feel very proud to now be helping other young people forge out a career with MechFS.

“I’ve been with the company since the very beginning and it’s been great to watch what we’ve become. We’re now turning over millions of pounds every year, we’ve got three offices across the country and more than 100 staff working for us. It’s really exciting to be a part of it.

“Throughout my time with the company, it’s always been a really good environment to work in. Of course, the job can get stressful at times, but here at Mech FS you’re surrounded by people with vast amounts of experience and knowledge, there is always someone to turn to for advice and assistance. Even though we’ve grown so large, it still feels as though we’re all a (not so) little family!

“So what advice would I give to young people considering applying for an apprenticeship? Get your head down, learn your trade, pay attention and good things will follow.

“An apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity to get on the career ladder and prove your capabilities. We all like to have fun, but when the time comes to get serious, you need to get serious. And if you’re willing to do that, and work hard, it’ll set you up for the rest of your life.”

For further information about our apprenticeship opportunities and roles available, please contact Natalie Sutherland on natalie@mechfs.org