Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2024: Sam’s Path at Protean Electric

At Protean Electric, we take great pride in fostering emerging talent within our organization. As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2024, we are delighted to share the journey of Sam, our Software Development Apprentice.

Could you please provide some insight into the apprenticeship scheme here at Protean and how you became involved?

Sure. During my work experience, which I was doing once a week, I started looking into apprenticeships. Initially, I didn’t consider Protean since I wasn’t sure if they offered such programmes. However, during a conversation with my manager, she asked if I would apply for an apprenticeship here if it was available. Given my positive experience during work experience, I was very keen to pursue that opportunity.

Sam, how long have you been with Protean?

I’ve been with Protean for just over two years now. I began as a work experience student back in October 2021 and transitioned into a full-time role in July of 2022 and if everything goes as planned, I’ll be completing the apprenticeship around mid to late 2024.

What aspects of working at Protean excite you the most?

The aspect that excites me the most is the cutting-edge technology being developed here. Coming from a very different background, I had little exposure to future technologies. However, being immersed in this environment daily and contributing to innovative projects is incredibly inspiring.

Can you elaborate on how the technology you’re working on might impact the future of electric vehicles?

Of course, as we as a country move towards an all-electric future, being part of a team that contributes to this transition is immensely fulfilling. At Protean we have been developing and manufacturing in-wheel motor technology for 15 years. This technology is set to unlock many benefits that so far have been under-utilised in the electric revolution. Namely, more space for the battery and for passengers, greater vehicle efficiency, improved driving experience and the ability to simply retrofit combustion engine vehicles to electric. One of the most exciting aspects for me is knowing that the technology I’m involved in developing will play a significant role in advancing the future of electric vehicles.

Could you describe a typical day in your role and highlight some of the most exciting aspects of your job?

As an apprentice at Protean, every day has been diverse and filled with new learning experiences. I’ve primarily been focused on software development, transitioning from my original role on the testing team. Whilst there is a learning curve, it’s been incredibly rewarding to be constantly challenged and truly fascinating to learn about almost every aspect of the in-wheel motors developed here. This journey and new career of mine has been made all the better thanks to the constant and patient support from all my colleagues.

What were you doing before joining Protean, and what motivated you to apply for a role here?

Before Protean, I trained as a barber. However, during the pandemic, I decided to pursue a career change and enrolled in a BTEC engineering course. It was during this time that I discovered my interest in software development and microcontrollers, which ultimately led me to seek opportunities in this field, including at Protean.

What advice would you give to others considering apprenticeships as a pathway for skill development and career advancement?

I would say that doing an apprenticeship is one of the best ways to develop your skillset and advance your career, especially as a young person. An apprenticeship allows you to gain valuable work experience while also working towards qualifications. It’s an opportunity for hands-on learning and personal growth that can set a strong foundation for future success.