Apprenticeship Week 2020 - Nathan's story

Apprenticeship Week 2020 - Nathan's story

This Apprenticeship Week, Working Win is telling stories of apprentices and their employers across South Yorkshire.

Nathan Bailey wanted to pursue a career in engineering, he was employed by PES Performance, an innovative engineering design firm, as part of a two-year apprenticeship programme.

Based at the Sheffield City Region’s Advance Manufacturing Park (AMP), PES Performance is innovative product development team that use advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to provide client-focused engineering and design services and solutions.

This is Nathan’s #FireItUp story.


In September 2018 Nathan joined the company as our first apprentice. Nathan was studying a Manufacturing Technologies Degree with the AMRC Training Centre, as part of a two-year apprenticeship programme.

Nathan was brought into the company as part of a focus on the data capture business, PES Scanning. The scanning team delivers 3D scanning and data capture services such as 3D optical scanning, LIDAR laser scanning and CT scanning, on both small parts or large, complex components.

PES Scanning work with clients from sectors including; aerospace, automotive, energy generation, medical technologies, and industrial engineering, casting and forging manufacturers. The team works locally, regionally and globally, travelling across the world to meet with clients.

Nathan embraced his role and wanted to understand as much technical detail as possible. He went on a one-week scanning course with our supplier, and soon started to pick up the requirements for undertaking the work efficiently and accurately.

He quickly became a productive member of the team and has added a key additional resource to the team, thereby increasing our productivity and capacity due to his ability to learn new technical, business and academic skills.

Nathan now is involved in creating quotations for clients, discussing best solutions to deliver against client’s requirements, and attending technical meetings with clients.

Nathan has been clear about his decision to pursue a degree apprenticeship. He said:  “Originally when I left school, I wanted to study engineering at university, however, after experiencing sixth form I decided that I wanted to start working as I felt I would get more experience this way.

“I realised that an apprenticeship was the best route into the world of work as it meant I could earn the money that I wanted, whilst also gaining the qualifications I needed to start my career as an engineer.”

“Through my degree apprenticeship I have gained a Degree in Manufacturing Technologies at no personal financial cost. Doing this degree has also taught me a lot both in a technical and personal manner, which I apply in my job and everyday life.

“Working at PES is great. It has allowed me to travel the world, meet new people and experience cultures that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I have also already been involved in a wide range of projects, giving me experience and knowledge of technical solutions in many different industries.”

Prof. Mike Maddock, managing director of PES Performance said:  “As a small technical business, we were uncertain about taking on a Graduate apprentice for our 3D optical scanning business. Nathan has exceeded our expectations of what to anticipate from employing an apprentice and makes our decision to bring the next apprentice onboard a lot easier.

“Being a small team, we do not have the capacity to ‘baby sit’ junior members of staff significantly. Nathan has managed the support he requires during projects excellently. Confident of working independently, he asks for assistance from senior members of the team when required but makes sure that any questions are informed and productive.

“Nathan fully understand the businesses vision and mission for the future and wants to be part of that journey. We have a longer-term focus for the business, and we feel Nathan will be a key part of our future.”


Apprenticeship Week is running from 3 – 9 February 2020, find out more, plus information on events and opportunities at or by following @Apprenticeships or @FireItUp_Apps on Twitter.


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