Emily Harris from Boss Electrical

Former Apprentice of the Year Emily Harris is a real asset to the Boss Electrical team and will soon have finished her HNC in Electrical Engineering at the University College of West Anglia.

Emily’s interest in engineering was sparked during her childhood, where she spent a lot of time with her grandparents. Faced with a choice between learning to cook with her Grandma or spending time with her Grandad taking things apart and fixing them in the shed, the shed won every time! At the age of 14, as soon as there was the option, Emily chose to study engineering at school in the UK and then in the Netherlands when her Mum moved for work.

Apprenticeships are often the best training route for engineering, and Emily chose a multi-skilled apprenticeship to keep her options open, later specialising in electrical engineering which she finds more challenging and interesting than mechanicals.

Emily moved from PlasGran to Boss Electrical in 2022 to take advantage of the variety of work on offer, as well as the travel that goes with that, enjoying the regular change of scenery that offers her. “I love that no two days are ever the same here,” she explained. “It’s fascinating to see how the same equipment can be set up and used so differently in sites across the country; I learn something new every time.”

Boss Fabrication is the authorised agent for MAS for installation, commissioning and servicing in the UK, and Emily sees opportunities to further develop through this.

MD Mathew Vinn is really please with Emily’s progress: “Emily is a vital part of our team – hard working, always keen to learn and thoroughly reliable. Customers love her, and she really is an asset to Boss. We’re enjoying watching her develop her skills and experience.”

Being female in a traditionally male environment really doesn’t phase Emily at all. “While I have come across some outdated attitudes from time to time, I am confident in my skills and use them to prove that I am as good as or better than anyone at what I do – I find this is one of the best ways to deal with peoples’ preconceived ideas of what a woman can achieve.”

“Working at Boss feels like being part of a family,” Emily concludes. “Everyone looks out for everyone else so we can all get on and do the best job for our customers.”

Studying currently takes up a lot of her time, and Emily plans to take a year or so’s break when she’s finished her HNC this summer before  embarking on her HND. What spare time she does have, she spends with family, at the gym and reading.