Katherine is a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice with the Science & Technology Facilities Council. She went to Burford School and decided to leave after GCSEs and started her Apprenticeship in September 2015.
Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?
I choose to do an Apprenticeship because it is a good way to start your career gaining work experience whilst gaining qualifications. Also, building a relationship with the employer to potentially get a job at the end of it. Also, I get paid a salary, expenses for travelling to college, pension and all workwear required. This Apprenticeship especially offered the opportunity to work abroad which was appealing to me.
How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?
I found out about my Apprenticeship by attending careers events and talking to my careers advisor at school. I also knew a few people who worked on-site and they talked about it.
What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?
I have gained knowledge and skills through a NVQ Level 2 and the theoretical side to it by a BTEC level 3. Also, gained experience by working in placements around site and had experience of working in different environments and in different ways. Currently I am working towards my BTEC level 3 and NVQ level 3. Hopefully starting my HNC in September.
What do you plan to do next?
I plan to either go straight into a job or get another Apprenticeship to complete a degree.
How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?
There are many ways my current Apprenticeship will help me achieve this, to go onto a Higher Apprenticeship the current Apprenticeship will be a stepping stone for that and it will give me the qualifications required. Also, by having the experience and qualification mix in a variety of places around the Rutherford Appleton Labs I will have valuable experience which is what employers seek.
What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?
Attend career events and do your research on the company. Narrow down the Apprenticeships you want and look at every aspect of them – college, travelling distance, pension, opportunities and job prospects.
What advice would you give an employer who is considering employing an Apprentice?
If you can get the correct employer then they will be an invaluable part of your business, learning skills in college and gaining the specific experience required for your business.
How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?
Happy to do it as if any advice I can give helps someone else get an Apprenticeship then it will be worth it.