One of the MRGO apprenticeship first cohort tells us about his Life on the Yard.

Name: Liam Murray       

Job title: Metal Shed Operative

Time spent in recycling: 6 months

What does your job involve?
It’s mostly customer service such as buying metals in, weighing metals, loading and unloading, and using the machinery such as forklifts.

What is the hardest part of your job?
Managing the expectations of customers can sometimes be the biggest challenge. 

What three things help you to do your job better?
1. The managers around me, they always chip in when we (those in the yard) needs hands-on support. 2. My supportive co-workers. Without my colleagues my job would be a lot harder. Their experience and knowledge of metal is incredible and something I hope to be just as good at. Finally, the machinery but that goes without saying.

What are you most proud of in your career?
How much I’ve learnt in such a short space of time. Since I’ve been here I have progressed quicker than I expected to and I was offered the apprenticeship which really made me proud. Especially as I am one of the first cohort of the Metals Recycling General Operative sector-specific apprenticeship. I am specialising in material classification. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?
I always think what our MD, David Dodds says “worker smarter, not harder” is the best advice I’ve had.

Quick fire round:

  • Sausages or bacon? Bacon
  • Football or rugby? Football
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Town or country? Town
  • Apple or Android? Android