Engineering apprentice Alex has recommended apprenticeships as a fantastic way to gain key career skills – after achieving a mechanical engineering bronze medal at the national World Skills competition.
Starting straight from school at 16, Alex didn’t want to go down the College and University route and was keen to learn whilst in work.
Alex learn quickly an appreciation and understanding of various disciplines and principles such as wiring and testing, milling, turning and fitting – before completing a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in manufacturing and a BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering on day release.
Alex said: “These qualifications gave me a better understanding of the academic side of engineering, covering units such as a mechanical principles, engineering materials and many more.”
This experience both on-the-job and within College has helped Alex in his career development, and he added: “The training helped me in my job because it meant I had more of an understanding of why aspects of the design need to be a certain way and the benefits and limitations with regards to certain features on new and current designs.”
Extremely keen to promote apprenticeships as a strong option for other young people, Alex said: “I think that apprenticeships are a great way of learning new skills, gaining qualifications and on the job experience.
“Apprenticeships also offer the chance to build a large network with other students, colleagues and engineering bodies such as the IMechE.
“This in turn allows you to seek guidance and receive knowledge from industry experts and learn more about engineering.”
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