To start off the week,
the talent team spoke with Ellis and Jack, automotive manufacturing engineering
apprentices who have been with us for over 5 years now. Lets hear what their experience has been.
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What made you choose an apprenticeship over other options?
E- I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to complete higher education whilst learning on the job and earning a salary. I recognised the opportunity to pick up valuable life experience that can only be gained in the workplace, something I would be unlikely to receive on a university pathway.
J- I chose an apprenticeship as I was going to
achieve the same qualification as going to university but now I am also able to
gain workplace experience at the same time. It also gives a really good
balance of working and studying.
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What does a typical day involve for you?
E- A typical day for me involves: designing new vehicle diagnostic tests, carrying out engineering changes via process and tooling changes, team & project meetings, and supporting production to help solve current issues.
J- A lot of my work involves supporting the production
team ensuring that they are able to hit their daily targets for build volume.
This involves resolving any tooling issues, implementing more efficient tooling
programs, diagnosing electrical vehicle faults and implementing improved
processes to ensure the faults are not replicated again. I ensure that our
Software download, WAHA and rolling road process are running smoothly and
constantly looking at ways to improve performance and throughput.
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This years theme is 'skills for life' so what valuable skills for life have you learned here?
E- The skill I have
developed most from my apprenticeship is not technical, but personal. Being in
a professional workplace from the age of 18 has taught me how to communicate
clearly with experienced people, how to work effectively as a team and build on
J- I have learnt a lot of skills surrounding
communication techniques, and how to address different audiences depending on
experience and technical knowledge. I have also learnt how many different areas
of the business operate and how their role directly impact the work I do. I have also learned how important apprenticeships are
to an organisations and the value that they can bring to business.
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What are your long term aspirations?
E- In the long term, I want to focus on understanding the manufacturing industry so that I can become a technical expert, equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead a team in delivering successful projects.
J- I want to work towards a supervisory and management
role and be able to lead a team through successful projects, I want to be
remembered for something that I have achieved in my lifetime.
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Stay tuned this week for more of our National Apprenticeship week celebrations!