did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
in the classroom is not for me. I've always been a practical person. Taking
things apart, putting things back together, and getting paid for it is a bonus.
As well as gaining experience. You kind of get a reference from a company
without getting one.
a long and hard process!
Yes! In my course now, I’m mainly with Amazon apprentices. I was once told that for one vacancy
there were around 600-700 applicants. It just shows how much growth there is in
how desirable the course is that I am on.
It was very, very competitive. But
obviously, it goes together with the training and support you get. It's nothing
like school. I know a few people that did an apprenticeship in the past and
they can’t stop going on about it, so I thought, you know what, I'll try it.
I had a lot of setbacks on the journey of getting an
apprenticeship, but I'm here in the end.
made you choose a career within the aerospace engineering sector?
I really wanted to go down the car route to
brands such as Jaguar and Aston Martin. Planes and aerospace weren't really
something that I thought about.
But then I thought about the bigger picture. Cars are going to develop quickly,
and planes probably won't for the next 100 years. So, I felt that there was
more development and more security in a non-generic field. Everyone likes cars.
If I could pick now between Jaguar Land
Rover or Meggitt, it would be Meggitt. Some of the things that go on in
aerospace engineering are just phenomenal.
drew you to apply for Meggitt? I know you mentioned the fact that it's not
generic and it’s super interesting, but were there any other factors?
Meggitt is a very big company, so I
did not really have any expectations of getting through the application round. But
as I got further and further into various company processes, I became more and
more confident. This helped me get a few interviews.
But when I went to Meggitt, there was a
different sort of atmosphere. I don't want to say ‘less formal,’ but it was
more that they want the best in you. So, there was lots of pressure dawning
down your neck. But there was no panic. I was at ease. No one is trying to
catch you. It was such a supportive atmosphere.
does a normal day look like for you?
For the first year of the apprenticeship, you’re
in training. So just theory, and a lot of practical elements as well. MTC
(Manufacturing Technology Centre) balances it quite nicely.
Usually from 8 until about 11 in the
morning it’s theory, and then for the rest of the day until 4, it’s practical.
I find that works for me, because you're not just sitting in a classroom all
day every day.
Mostly it’s trial and error. They're doing
Monday all-theory and then the rest of the week practical.
But on-site, I work in maintenance; two days
are never the same. I'll go in one day, the machine on the far left might
break, so once it’s fixed, that might not break for another three months, and
then never have to touch it again. It's kind of general maintenance. It just
depends on what side of Meggitt you're on that day.
has been the highlight of your apprenticeship so far? There's probably lots more
to come but so far, what comes to mind?
I will say, getting an apprenticeship in
the first place. That's a very rewarding feeling. But then, getting turned down
for other apprenticeships feels like a horrible experience. But when you look
back, it's not.
What I want to get across is, it took me
many tries to get where I am now, so don't think you're going to get one straight away; you
might not. It is what it is.
I was selected this year. I'm on a
different course, and my group is amazing. So, that’s why I’d say my highlight is
getting an apprenticeship in the first place.
seems like you've fallen into an apprenticeship that really suits you and you
like the team and everything's going well, so I'm happy to hear it. To build on
this, have there been any challenges?
Every day is a challenge. But obviously, as
I said I'm not a very theory or classroom-oriented person. I've had to do maths,
health and safety, and mechanical principles. But the training and support I’ve
gotten has been phenomenal.
wouldn't say there's a challenge that I've not overcome. There's always going
to be a challenge but it's about who's around you that matters.
advice do you have for anyone considering doing an apprenticeship?
Do it. There's no point waiting. Even with
Meggitt, It's the character-building and development you need. I know a lot of
other bigger companies don't provide that sort of support network and various
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