The apprenticeship route was a natural choice for Josh, who was looking for a learning pathway that would give him strong practical experience whilst also enabling him to earn a living. He talked to us about why he believes apprenticeships represent such a strong start for young people, and shares his tips for making the most of the programme.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I wanted to gain first-hand experience in an engineering setting, and my apprenticeship also means I can earn money while learning.
What did you learn at the MTC?
I’ve learned lots of skills that will serve me well throughout my engineering career, from milling and turning, to electrical assembly and robot programming, maths, engine assembly, hand fitting and CAD.
How has the apprenticeship programme been beneficial to you and your career?
The first year of my apprenticeship was all off-the-job learning based in the training centre. This meant that gained important qualifications, good solid skills and a broad background knowledge before I started my apprentice role onsite with my employer. It helped me to gain confidence in my ability and skills with tools, so that I could work by myself on my own projects and add value to my employer as soon as I arrived onsite.
What would you say are the benefits and what advice would you offer to those looking to apply to the MTC apprenticeship programme?
For me, the key benefit of the MTC apprenticeship programme is that I’ve gained skills that are both very valuable and very transferable – this makes me a valued member of my team and helps to give me good career prospects. My advice for others would be to stay organised, and make sure you’re prepared, especially for the end point assessments. Don’t leave anything to the last minute.
What are your main duties in your job?
My duties cover quite a broad range of things. I do CAD work, some assembly work, and some rapid prototype building, and I’ve been designing jigs and fixtures for vehicle wiper mechanisms, window regulators, and active grilles. I have also designed, project managed and built a heat testing chamber and 3D printer enclosure.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
CAD work is my favourite, because I’m designing new and upcoming mechanisms and being involved in a wide range of cool projects. I enjoy working with a good team. I feel as though I have become a better engineer because I am given responsibility to work independently and to make my own decisions.
What are your future career plans?
I’m aiming to become a fully qualified and respected design engineer in automotive design.
Would you recommend apprenticeships to others?
Yes. Apprenticeships are a ticket into so many different fields and careers.