I wanted to pursue a pathway away from traditional education that had more of a focus on practical engineering.
I had my GCSEs prior to starting the apprenticeship and am now working towards a level 3 in engineering (with an NVQ in electrical and electronic engineering) with SEMTA.
I was considering going to university to study engineering, but ultimately knew it was not the pathway I would enjoy taking.
I was always more drawn to the practical side of engineering, and I was well aware that it was only in a workplace I would get that experience. I decided I would get both the educational and work-place benefits, if I pursued an Apprenticeship.
Very likely; even for students who have sat their A-Levels or BTECs. Advanced apprenticeships are great and there are degree apprenticeship programmes.
My training isn't rigid, I am able to constantly learn and grow with the help of my team and find myself available to take on new challenges and experiences.
My career aspirations were always to work in a company that was furthering a field or pushing the boundaries of a field, such as SMS is doing with sorption science. My career aspirations to become an engineer as such haven't changed, but I think since starting the apprenticeship, I am keen to continue my education alongside work post-apprenticeship.
Day-to-day at work consists of working in production, assembling the products that SMS will ship. Production members all take products from kit and through to testing and shipping, and I will typically be working on the DVS Intrinsic+, one of the products in the DVS Line.
I am given responsibility under the supervision of senior members of production and am responsible for safely carrying out what the production manager asks of me, identifying when help is required.
Definitely. Everyone has to start their career somewhere, and I have had the pleasure of starting mine with a wonderful team of people, who I am gradually building my skills with.
Certainly – although it can be difficult to manage work, apprenticeship and college assignments, I enjoy the work I do and enjoy coming to work every day.
I am able to request training if I am unsure of any processes, in a very open work atmosphere that encourages utilising the skills of others and its resources. If I ever feel I need extra training, I am able to confidently request it and find myself enjoying learning new skills and processes.
Find an industry you love; this is going to be your day-in, day-out job, and it does well to enjoy what you do. Always be open to new experiences and new training and use the resources of your company and the people you work with to improve yourself – they have far more experience than you do, and you'll do well to benefit from this.
I started searching seriously around March of 2018 and started at SMS six months later. I used GetMyFirstJob whilst searching for open apprenticeship engineering vacancies. It was pretty simple to use, and all laid out clearly.
Contacted via email and later by phone.
Very likely, it led me here!
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