Daniel Fieldhouse, 30, is a packing operative at Siemens. He is a qualified bricklayer, but has spent his career so far in manufacturing, but wanted to move into renewable energy. He lives in east Hull.
Although I qualified as a bricklayer when I left school, I’ve spent most of my working life in manufacturing, working for some of the city’s biggest companies, such as Fenner and Smith & Nephew. As soon as I heard about Siemens investing in Alexandra Dock, I thought it seemed like the perfect way to use my skills in an up and coming industry, that will bring long-term employment – a job for life, essentially – and help me progress professionally.
I’d been keeping my finger on the pulse of Siemens recruitment drives and, as soon as the packing operative roles were advertised, I applied. Because I’d done my research, I knew I had to build an online profile as part of my application. I took my time and put forward a strong profile, which paid off, as I was invited to the next phase, which was the online tests back in February.
I wanted to give myself the very best chance of succeeding, which is why I went to see the team at the Green Port Hub. I asked questions about the test and what I should expect, and they explained the process to me. It meant I could focus on the day and it was invaluable preparation. The fact the Hub is open some evenings was also helpful, with working full-time and having a young family.
I was delighted when I received an email to say I’d passed the test stage, and was invited to an assessment day. Again, I wanted to make sure I was as ready as I could be for it, so visited The Hub to find out more information about the next stage. I felt relaxed on the day, confident I was equipped with as much knowledge as I could be. Not only did I receive support when I visited the Hub, but a member of the team kept in touch with me afterwards to make sure I had everything covered.
It was June when I received an email to say I’d been successful and was offered a role. I’m really looking forward to getting started and getting over to Denmark for the training. It feels like a long six months since I did my online application, but it was worth it when that offer of employment came through. I cannot fault the support I’ve had from Green Port Hull along the way.