Apprentice Spotlight

This month, PJD Engineering would like to focus on first year Health, Safety and Environment Apprentice, Brad Huntington!

Brad began his journey at 18 years old working as a welder on various power stations across the UK and the Middle East. With 7 years of experience under his belt, Brad decided to develop upon his established industry knowledge and growing interest in Health & Safety by stepping back and following the apprenticeship route. Since joining PJD in the September 2021 intake, Brad has had the opportunity to work on a 1-2-1 basis with our HSE Manager alongside attending college 1 day per week, covering a variety of topics on skills, behaviour and knowledge.

Brad reflected on his previous experience in the energy industry, stating: “I knew that I didn’t want to be ‘on the tools’ for the rest of my life, I wanted the opportunity to make a difference and positively impact workers mental and physical wellbeing. Pursuing a career in health & safety gives me a great sense of pride and satisfaction by knowing that my work is helping to prevent dangerous incidents and potential occupational illnesses from occurring.”  Brad added: “While working operationally, you naturally pick up a general appreciation for site health and safety. It’s been great to formally develop upon this basic understanding through my apprenticeship by shadowing senior members of the HSE department, engaging in internal training opportunities and working towards my qualification.”

HSE Manager, Richard Hornsby, comments: “Brad has been a great addition to PJD, his attitude to learning is outstanding and the feedback that I have received from site is brilliant. Brad will do anything to help anyone and always does so with a smile on his face! As Brad continues his development, I know he is going to grow into a valuable member of the HSE team, which he is already showing! It’s great to see someone with enthusiasm and a passion towards safety.”

Brad is currently gaining experience onsite and is enjoying the opportunity to speak and learn from other professionals. Brad states: “I find that I learn best hands-on so the lessons that I have learnt onsite so far are invaluable for my development & confidence within the field.”

Brad has an extremely rewarding career ahead of him & wish him the best of luck in his approaching NEBOSH examination!

Like the sound of Brad’s journey so far? PJD have a number of open nationwide apprenticeships commencing September 2022. Click the link below to find out more information!