Andrew- Mechanical Engineering

22 year-old Andrew from Warrington has made a major step forward in his career thanks to an apprenticeship at Nuvia, delivered by Lancashire-based training provider Training 2000.

When leaving school Andrew realised he wanted to learn a trade whilst studying for an academic qualification, as opposed to the traditional route of going to college and gaining A Levels. Andrew has just completed his Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Design.

After researching the potential apprenticeships that would most suit his strengths and interests, Andrew chose the Mechanical Design Apprenticeship so that he could fulfill his ultimate ambition to become a Chartered Engineer, leading large projects.

Whilst doing his apprenticeship, Andrew has gone from strength to strength and now has a long list of accolades to his name.

In 2012, Andrew was crowned Apprentice of the Year at the Training 2000 Engineering Awards and became a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassador visiting local secondary schools to promote apprenticeships, giving him the opportunity to inspire young people and change their lives.

In 2014 alone he has taken part in two events which aim to highlight talented apprentices;

Firstly, he beat off competition from all over the country to be shortlisted for the finals of the GTA England Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Houses of Parliament, where he did fantastically to be named as runner up. All the finalists won an all-expenses paid trip to a manufacturing company in Austria.

Further to this, Andrew was then selected as a finalist in the prestigious World Skills UK finals. World Skills is a national competition, and Andrew performed spectacularly in the regional heats. He then brought his CAD skills to life in the finals, as the best of the best fought to show off their talents. This was the second time that Andrew had attended the World Skills finals, taking home a bronze medal in 2013.

“All aspects of my learning throughout my apprenticeship from the technical education gained whilst at Training 2000 to the `on the job` experience gained in-company have set a strong foundation for myself as a Mechanical Designer that I will be able to build upon throughout my career. This experience along with my own contribution and commitment has meant that I’ve been lucky enough to be recognised for my achievements.

“The apprenticeship has not only developed my aptitude but has also developed my interpersonal skills which I reflect in my personal life. The achievements that I have gained during my apprenticeship have pushed me further to strive for success and demonstrate my commitment to my personal development and progression.”

As one of the most accomplished apprentices in his year group, Andrew has recently been awarded the Whitworth Scholarship, which provides financial and technical support throughout his degree and leads to him gaining Whitworth Scholar status. Andrew plans on completing his Advanced Apprenticeship before undertaking a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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