AMRC: Gabriella Spencer

‘Choosing an apprenticeship has enabled me to become a lot more independent in life’

Gabriella Spencer is an apprentice toolmaker and tool & die maintenance technician at the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre, working for Stanley Black & Decker


What got you interested in a career in engineering?

I come from a family of manufacturers and have always enjoyed work that is hands-on, but I wanted to do it all on my own and become independent, instead of working for the family business. 

For other people who are looking to get started with a career in engineering, what would you say to them?

Definitely doing an apprenticeship is the way to go. I love learning on the job and having that one day a week at university to complete my studies. You get a real feel for what engineering is truly about, plus you get the experience. 

What is your favourite part of the job?

My favourite part of the job is working as a team to complete larger and more complex tasks at work. Everyone on the shop floor gets on really well together and we are all one big family. 

How has an apprenticeship and this job changed your life?

Thanks to doing an apprenticeship, it has enabled me to run my own car and it has allowed me to become a lot more independent and given me the opportunity to work alongside a fantastic team.

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