Katrina Todd

 

Name

Katrina Todd

Start Date

September 2011

School

Walton Community School

Training

Prior to joining Perkins Engines:

Walton Community School

GCSE grade C in Maths, English, Science, Physical Education

GCSE double grade C in Business Studies, Health & Social Care

Level 2 Award and Certificate in Digital Application

Level 1 Functional Skills ICT

Peterborough Regional College

Level 2 Functional Skills ICT

Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Number

Level 3 Edexcel BTEC National Award & Diploma in Health & Social Care

Whilst pursuing a career with Perkins Engines:

Business Apprenticeship Scheme

Level 2 Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration

Level 3 OCR NVQ Certificate & Diploma in Business and Administration

Level 2 & 3 OCR Award in Business Skills

Level 3 EDI Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration

First Class BA (Hons) in Management

Various additional internal training, e.g. technical training, 6Sigma Green Belt

 

Work Experience as an Apprentice

In September 2011, I was taken on as a Business Apprentice within the Human Services Division (HSD) of Caterpillar located in Peterborough. The apprenticeship was a two year programme that was planned to consist of two placements, one within Learning & Development and the other within Recruitment. Each placement was scheduled to last for 12 months, however due to the 2012 recession, I completed 22 months within Learning & Development and 2 months within Recruitment. It was throughout these years that I completed the courses and qualifications specified above. It was only due to my hard work on the Apprenticeship, that I was lucky to be selected to pursue further education and completed a Foundation Degree in 2014 moving on to a BA Honours degree in 2015 at which I gained a First.

 

Work Experience Since Completing my Apprenticeship

Following the completion of the Apprenticeship, I was lucky enough to be offered a permanent position within Learning & Development as a Training Coordinator. Since then I have developed my knowledge, confidence and expertise within this area and my role has expanded to include various tasks that exceed the expectations of my title. As a result of this, in January 2015 I was promoted to Training Specialist with the business’ Industrial Power Systems Division (IPSD). This is the role I am currently still pursuing.

Career Prospects

At this stage, I am unsure as to what my career prospects are. With being exposed to various situations over the past four years I know the aspects of work I do enjoy. One being customer facing. I enjoy working with people. Two being Learning & Development. I have developed a real passion for this sector of a business. Expanding my knowledge around how important it is to any business in any sector

has encouraged me to develop this passion. I would like to continue working within this sector but would certainly like to expand my job role beyond predominately administration work. Based on my qualifications, I would like to pursue a leadership role of some sort. Possibly a Learning & Development or Apprenticeship Leader. Or maybe a Talent Development Consultant. However my thoughts remain open to the additional opportunities that may come my way.

 

Good Things About Perkins

With Perkins Engines being a Caterpillar Inc brand, a global leader in manufacturing, the opportunities to develop your career are huge. The business has a broad scope of areas where a person can develop their career prospects. There are opportunities to be involved with various programmes (community event, mentoring) and groups (Young Professionals, WIN), to expand your knowledge through secondments (placements in other areas of the business) and various training sessions to continue developing your career (Leadership Courses, Technical Courses). Pay is competitive and as a permanent employee you have access to various schemes (shares, pension). I challenge anyone who believes this business is not a great place to work.

 

What Made Me Apply To Perkins ?

It was a family member who works at Perkins Engines who opened my eyes to the Business Apprenticeship opportunity. I applied because I saw the potential to develop myself on a personal, professional and educational level all at the same time. Becoming a Business Apprentice would allow me to earn whilst gaining vital work experience and additional qualifications to improve my skills that would help me progress within my chosen career moving forward. Although I knew it would be difficult, I knew the benefits upon completion would be brilliant and I was right. The opportunities now available to me endless and I am excited for where my future will take me. This has all come from someone pointing out this opportunity, me applying and the business recognising my potential and investing in me. The best career move I’ve made to date.