Peterlee is the home of Caterpillar’s articulated truck. “You can go anywhere in the world and you’ll find the truck. When you see them driving on the highway, to know you’ve played a part in building it, that’s really rewarding.”

Molly’s a natural born problem-solver, and it’s her responsibility to assess newly completed trucks, identifying and fixing any mechanical issues before they are sent on to customers. “I feel really privileged because I’ve learnt a lot in three years – so much so that people on the shop floor actually come to me for advice!”

While finishing her GCSE’s Molly spoke to her school careers adviser, who suggested the government’s apprenticeship website, Get In Go Far. Spotting the apprenticeship with Caterpillar flicked a switch, and after a tough selection process she got offered the job the day before her school prom.

Today she loves what she does, and never looks back. “We always say here that working on the truck is like playing with those construction kits you got when you were younger, all nuts and bolts but on a much bigger scale. It’s always lots of fun and the day goes by really quickly.”

To find out more about careers with Caterpillar click here.

Molly - Career Pathway

  • 2015
    Studied for GCSEs including a GCSE in Graphic Design
  • July 2015
    Applied for the Caterpillar Peterlee apprenticeship scheme
  • September 2015
    Began her apprenticeship and a Level 3 BTEC Engineering Diploma at Hartlepool College
  • 2016-2017
    Started studying for a Level 3 NVQ alongside her BTEC
  • 2017-2018
    Started a Level 4 HNC in Mechnical Engineering

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