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Luby Sisson

Luby Sisson

Maintenance engineering apprentice Luby follows in grandad’s footsteps

Derby College Group engineering apprentice Luby Sisson is happy to be part of the maintenance team at Ashbourne-based Moy Park.
 
Luby from Swanwick, started work at the food company on her 19th birthday in November and is loving every aspect of the job.
 
Inspired by her grandad, also an engineer, Luby has been interested in pursuing an engineering career since childhood.
 
She studied the basics at school before going on to gain level 3 qualifications in electrical and mechanical principles.
 
She said: “When I was a child, I’d take my toys apart just so that I could put them back together again. There are photos of me when I was little with my grandad’s toolbox and all the tools spread out around me!”
 
But, despite her obvious interest in the sector and holding the right qualifications, Luby initially struggled to get an engineering apprenticeship.
 
She said: “I’d heard that companies were keen to take on women engineers, but I found that being female appeared to go against me with some employers. It’s not like that at Moy Park.”
 
Luby’s job  involves making sure  machines on Moy Park’s huge site are well maintained and in good working order.
 
She added: “There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can  contact my lecturers whenever I need to.
 
“Engineering offers so many different career paths and I would like to see other girls get into engineering too.”

There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can  contact my lecturers whenever I need to.

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