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Engineering Technician Apprentice, Rotation scheme

Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship – Level 3 | Start/End Date: Oct 2018 – July 2022

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I choose an apprenticeship because I thought there is no better way to break into the engineering industry than to learn on the job whilst having a day release at college, and also get paid at the same time. The apprenticeship allows you to work, earn, obtain the necessary qualifications plus on-the-job experience to accelerate into the working world.

Why did you choose UCL?

I chose UCL because it is not like a manufacturing setting where you can repeat monotonous tasks on a day-in day-out basis, which can limit the ability to continuously grow and learn. To be the best possible engineer, I believe you must work for reputable institutions that will push you above and beyond. Engineering at UCL is bespoke and unique therefore an engineer is always learning and testing.

What do you hope to gain from the apprenticeship?

I believe that we never stop learning and I am eager to increase my knowledge and experience of the engineering industry. Throughout the training, I hope to participate in relevant training courses to increase my skill set in the chosen field. An apprenticeship also allows me to improve my practical skills in a supervised environment.

What’s your experience of apprenticeship been like so far?

I have had a positive experience of my apprenticeship with some drawbacks. Overall, UCL has been great and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

What have you gained from your apprenticeship?

I have gained a huge amount from my apprenticeship and I’m only 2 years into it. I’m constantly growing and improving as each day passes. Things I couldn't do yesterday I can do today; things I couldn't do a few months ago I can do now. And things I couldn't do last year I can do this year! There is so much to gain!

What is the most important thing you have learnt from your apprenticeship to date?

The most important thing I have learnt from this apprenticeship is no matter how hard at times it may be, and if you feel like quitting and giving up, you must stay determined and consistent. The apprenticeship is a learning curve which you have to utilise to the best of your ability to gain the best results. Keep on going no matter what!

Any advice/tips for prospective apprentices?

  • Keep organised – With schemes such as apprenticeships, there can be a lot of paperwork, college work and workloads. Therefore this requires you to be organised and the ability to manage yourself and prioritise workloads.
  • Get proactive – There can be lots of learning curves that you hit which is good as it’s the whole point of the programme. Don’t get disheartened – go and do your research on new concepts and things you may be unfamiliar with. This is your apprenticeship grab it with both hands!
  • Do what’s right – If an apprenticeship of any shape or form is not right for you don’t do it. Go into a trade you enjoy and see yourself in for the rest of your life.