Blossoming in the Plant Team

Apprentices are vital in our industry to ensure we have younger people coming into the sector, Callum Pearson has been with Fastflow Pipeline Services for two years.

Appointed to help address the skills shortage in the sector and to help future generations choose the industry as a career choice, Callum Pearson from Fastflow Pipeline Services plant and logistics team, is about to complete his engineering based apprenticeship after two years in the business.

The team is responsible for the maintenance of plant, the fleet of vehicles and also hiring in the equipment required to ensure projects run on time and to budget and Callum is the team’s first apprentice.

We operate a transport fleet that supports essential services and it’s vital that when we turn on the keys the engine starts up first time and all equipment is safe and fully functional, so that we can be with our customers as soon as possible and get their water back on or fix their tap.

Callum said: “Joining as an apprentice has allowed me to develop skills I needed to understand the industry and what is involved in a work environment and the support I have received has been fantastic.

“Highlights include learning so many new skills and having access to lots of different items, no two days are the same. Most of my learning has been accelerated by the support of the experienced fitters who have passed on their wisdom and knowledge to increase my skills and experience.”

John Loftus, Plant Logistics Manager, added: “Over last two years I have seen Callum grow as a person and in his role. He often gives advice to our operatives on how and why plant breakdowns occur and how to prevent them. The apprenticeship scheme is a great way of introducing young people into our business and to ensure that we have future generations wanting to work in our industry. As a business we belong to the 5% Club, to ensure we aspire to have five percent of our workforce in earn and learn positions.”