Steffan Szweda shows that age is no barrier to success when it comes to an apprenticeship.
The 31-year-old is a pipe fitter at BAE Systems in Barrow and is using his apprenticeship to help him achieve his highest potential.
He says: “I chose an apprenticeship to learn a trade that enables me to create opportunities for myself and my career.
“I love that I am getting paid to learn new and interesting subjects while working to a structured training programme, which gives me a chance to work towards a qualification and develop my theory and practical skills.”
Through working at BAE Systems and studying at Furness College, Steffan has developed a wide range of valuable skills.
He says: “I have developed a range of skills, from the basics of welding, brazing and soldering to learning how to shape, measure and configure different types of pipe and tube.
“My tutors at Furness College and my skills coaches have been brilliant.”
Steffan’s apprenticeship is helping him to aim high and set career goals.
He says: “I would like to complete my apprenticeship to a high standard and possibly go on to complete a HNC or above.
“An apprenticeship has given me something to focus on and given me direction towards a goal.
“You’re never too old to become an apprentice. I’m so glad I made the decision to apply, as I am now much happier with my working life.”