Letitia becomes Diageo’s first lady of engineering

Diageo apprentices'Luke Binnington and Letitia Miller
Diageo apprentices'Luke Binnington and Letitia Miller

Leven’s biggest employer has helped boost the growing numbers of women forging careers in a top traditional Scottish industry.

Letitia Miller has become the first electrical engineering apprentice at Diageo’s packaging site.

One of two new engineering apprentices hired by the firm, she is working alongside the other new recruit, Luke Binnington (17).

Letitia (23) will undertake a four-year training programme designed to set her on a successful career path with the world’s leading premium drinks company.

The 171-acre packaging site at Leven is one of the most modern developments of its kind in Europe and houses 24 production lines dedicated to packaging 142 of the world’s leading spirits brands, including Johnnie Walker, J&B, Gordon’s Gin, Tanqueray and Smirnoff.

Diageo has invested more than £200 million in its Fife operations over the past three years. Its apprenticeship programme is just part of a commitment that has created over 400 permanent jobs in the area over that period.

Letitia was keen to forge a new career in the drinks industry after working at the site in temporary roles.

“I had originally intended to try and find a job in the arts sector but this is a great opportunity for me to build a career in a really interesting side of the business,” she said.

“I’m the only girl in my class at college, but the fact the electrical engineering team at Leven plays an important role on site reinforces my ambition to be part of the process.”

Luke is also looking to develop a long-term career with Diageo and feels his interest in engineering at school helped him win one of the apprentice roles.

“The company has a very good reputation in this area and I am looking forward to getting on site at Leven when we’re finished this first stage of our apprenticeship,” he said.