As we journey through National
Apprenticeship Week 2024, we're excited to spotlight our LEVC apprentices and
their stories of growth. 'Skills for Life' isn't just a phrase—it's what our
apprentices experience every day. Let's dive into their insights and
discoveries. Today the spotlight is on Amaan, who is completing an
apprenticeship in Product Design & Development Engineering.
Q: How has your apprenticeship
experience contributed to your personal and professional growth?
A: During my time at LEVC, I
experienced significant growth both personally and professionally. On the
professional front, I developed a deeper understanding of the electric vehicle
industry, including the technical aspects of the vehicle and production.
Personally, I've grown in my ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines,
which has increased my resilience and adaptability. The experience has also
helped me to develop my communication skills, making me more effective in
presenting ideas and collaborating with others.
Q: Can you share a specific project
or task that challenged you and helped you develop important life skills?
A: A specific project that was
particularly challenging and helpful in my personal and professional growth was
the FE battery project. This project involved working collaboratively with a
diverse team of engineers, where I played a key role in ensuring clear and
effective communication throughout the team. My responsibilities included
working on the FE battery using various software tools, such as DSA and
CANalyser, which not only enhanced my technical skills but also my ability to
adapt to different technologies. The primary aim of this thorough testing was
to ensure that the battery could be successfully implemented on the production
line. This experience taught me the importance of precise communication,
teamwork, and the application of technical knowledge in a practical setting,
skills that are invaluable in my professional development.
Q: How do you see the skills you've
gained during your apprenticeship benefiting you in future career
A: The skills I've gained during my
apprenticeship at LEVC are foundational for my future career. The in-depth
technical knowledge of electric vehicles, especially in areas like battery
testing and implementation, positions me well for roles in electric vehicle
design and production. Beyond technical expertise, enhanced communication and
teamwork skills, developed through working with engineers, all this will be
crucial in any future projects or roles. Furthermore, the adaptability and
continuous learning mindset I developed in this fast-evolving industry will
help me stay competitive in the field.
Q: What advice would you give to
others considering apprenticeships as a pathway for skill development and
A: I would advise others considering
apprenticeships to view them as a valuable opportunity for both skill
development and career advancement. It's important to choose an apprenticeship
in a field that genuinely interests you and aligns with your career aspirations.
This ensures that the time and effort you invest will be meaningful and
rewarding. Take full advantage of the unique blend of academic learning and
hands-on experience that apprenticeships offer. This combination not only
increases your practical skills but also deepens your theoretical
understanding. Networking with professionals and being open to mentorship can
provide invaluable insights for your career. Finally, maintain a balance
between your work commitments and academic studies.
Q: What strategies have you found
effective in balancing work, training, and personal life during your
A: As a degree apprentice at LEVC,
working four days a week and spending one day at Coventry University, I've
found several strategies crucial for maintaining a balance between work,
training, and personal life. Effective time management being key. Putting
together a time plan, allocating specific times for work tasks, University
assignments and personal activities. This helps me stay organised and ensures I
am meeting my responsibilities in all areas.
Q: How has the apprenticeship program
contributed to your ability to adapt to new technologies and industry changes?
A: The apprenticeship program at LEVC
has been significant in enhancing my ability to adapt to new technologies and
industry changes, especially as a degree apprentice currently on rotation
across various areas within the business. This rotational experience has
exposed me to different aspects of the electric vehicle industry, from
engineering to production and quality. Each rotation has required me to quickly
learn and use different technologies and tools, significantly improving my
technical adaptability. For instance, in the production department, I gained
hands-on experience with the latest manufacturing technologies, and gaining a
deeper understanding of how the vehicle is built.
As National Apprenticeship Week 2024
unfolds, we celebrate the resilience and dedication of our LEVC apprentices.
Through their experiences, we catch a glimpse of the possibilities that come
with embracing the path of apprenticeship. Stay tuned for more inspiring tales
of skill and career development at LEVC.