A better understanding of apprenticeships
One thing I have already gained a better understanding of during my apprenticeship is that no matter what you do, you can always learn something new. Now, whatever I am working on, I always try to find out as much information as possible from the more experienced people around me.
“Apprenticeships offer what other forms of education can’t and that’s real-life experience in the sector of work you want to have a career in.”
Having worked at Mosaic for over a year now, I am coming up to the end of my apprenticeship and feel it has been an excellent choice for me as I’ve been made to feel part of a team and gained invaluable experience working on a variety of large projects. I have had the opportunity to understand the important roles of an engineer, including what is needed to complete a project through structural drawings and calculation packages, and ensuring we meet the client’s requirements through collaborations with the architects.
Looking to the future
To complete my apprenticeship, I spend one day a week attending college to complete the units required for my course, helping to finalize my portfolio of evidence and log the number of learner hours with my Assessor. All this will prepare me to apply and undergo the End Point Assessment (EPA) to become a qualified Civil Engineering Technician. In the future, I see myself continuing to achieve my degree and become Chartered, and this apprenticeship has been the best start to that journey.
I would urge more students to consider an apprenticeship because the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. You have to work a little harder to juggle working and learning, however, I believe these two things go hand in hand. Apprenticeships offer what other forms of education can’t and that’s real-life experience in the sector of work you want to have a career in. By diving into an apprenticeship, you get a much more hands on experience and as a result, will learn applicable skills that will stay with you throughout your career.