Since starting my apprenticeship I have been given a number of opportunities that have helped my personal development. Pushing me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to challenge the status quo, through engineering projects and responsibilities within placements. Another part of my role is that I am given the opportunity to go into schools and talk about my experiences and influences. Earlier this year I was fortunate to be featured in a BBC article about breaking the mould in a male dominated workplace.
I am coming to the mid-point in my apprenticeship, having just completed my second out of 4 years. The scheme that I am on allows me to complete rotational placements around the business. This allows a number of new skills to be learnt and developed on the job and allows a young person to find their talents instead of being trained for a specific role and that role only.
The best part of my apprenticeship is the aspect of facing a new challenge every day. A number of the placements carried out provide the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and take on responsibility that would not otherwise be provided.
The main advice I would give anyone considering a career in engineering is to go for it, there are many different routes to take. An apprenticeship, a degree with an internship, a graduate scheme these are all valid routes and within the workplace no one is seen as better than anyone else despite the route that they have chosen to take because at the end of the day it is you actions when you are in the workplace that decide how you are regarded by your peers and employers.