Early careers

We are passionate about recruiting apprentices and graduates, helping young people take their first step in to engineering and manufacturing.

We see apprentices as the future of our business and have seen many of our trainee’s progress to various management roles within NIS.

You will work directly with subject matter experts in varying disciplines whilst learning new skills and developing your knowledge to become an excellent employee.

There have been various early careers opportunities through our centre of excellence in Chorley including shopfloor/ manufacturing, design engineering, quality, project management, procurement, business administration and beyond. 

Home of Excellent People

Leah Green

Working within the Quality Assurance Team, Leah started her Business Administration Apprenticeship in 2019 and continues her development currently completing a level 4 qualification (Quality Practitioner) along with Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training. 

Through my apprenticeship with NIS, I have found great value in getting real life experience and developing my skills which has enabled me to work with different types of people at all levels. 

During her apprenticeship, Leah won Business Apprentice Final Year for the Northwest at the Make UK Awards and went on to become national runner up. With a clear aspiration to become Continuous Improvement Manager, Leah has a personal development plan in place to support her through this journey.

When asked what she has enjoyed about NIS, Leah stated: “Personally, I have never felt like an ‘apprentice’ – I have always been trusted with responsibilities and given the opportunity and support to be involved like everyone else. The company cares for my progression and has definitely supported my development. NIS is a great team feeling and I have made some long lasting friendships.”

Jordan Massey 

Having started his careers at NIS in 2013 as Apprentice Mechanical Engineering/ Fitter on the workshop, Jordan has progressed to become Senior Project Engineering responsible for the successful delivery of some of our most high profile projects. 

Through my apprenticeship and beyond I have acquired technical knowledge and hands on experience to aid my progression along with some of the softer leadership qualities required for my current role. 

From Apprentice Fitter to qualified fitter involved in the assembly and test of a variety of projects in the nuclear and security industries, Jordan swapped the overalls for a shirt to gain greater knowledge of project delivery in 2017. 

When asked what he has enjoyed about NIS, Jordan stated “The opportunities I have been given along with the people, environment and the variety of projects of which I am now responsible.

Jordan Massey

Cara Moon

Prior to enrolling on to her apprenticeship in 2020, Cara had completed a work placement within the fabrication team at NIS in 2018 and continues to develop her skills and knowledge.

Having passed her TIG Fillet Weld Tests first time of trying within just a few months of her apprenticeship, Cara continues to develop and gain precious experience, knowledge, and qualifications during her journey at NIS.

When asked what she has enjoyed about NIS, Cara stated: Never feeling out of place, always getting the help I need/having people looking out for me, having a good laugh with colleagues and learning from the best.

Its great to work alongside and have experienced fabricators as my mentors and being able to pick their brains daily.

Jonathan Cowell

One of NIS most recent apprentices, Jonathan is in his first year as Bid Co-ordinator Apprentice supporting the Bid Manager in the return of contract winning tenders.

Jonathan has made a flying start to his apprenticeship achieving highest grades on his assignments to date and is on track to becoming fully-fledged bid coordinator, playing a pivotal role in the bid team.

When asked what he has enjoyed about NIS, Jonathan stated: I enjoy working for NIS because of the relationships that each member of staff has with each other, as it creates a good atmosphere and makes work a better place to be.

I enjoy my apprenticeship because the online learning supports my in-work development, and it is helping me form an understanding of the roles and responsibilities involved in my position.