Inside an engineering apprenticeship: Jessica Tozer

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Final Year Award Winner, EEF Apprentices & Skills Awards

How did you become an apprentice?

The short story is I failed at my A levels at sixth form. No one had mentioned apprenticeships to me or the fact that college was an option, but I ended up applying to a BTEC course for mechatronic engineering. I fell in love with it and decided this is where I wanted my career, my course lecturers recommend apprenticeships where you could learn and earn. I applied for all the opportunities available and I attended open days at a few of them, including Avery, where I’ve just complete my mechatronics apprenticeship now. It just felt right and that there was room to grow into different types of jobs.


What’s your favourite thing about training at the EEF Technology Training Centre and Technology Hub?

It’s really good. The work is really hands on and the lecturers and tutors are brilliant. The tools and equipment are all new and up to date with the latest in the industry.


What do you enjoy about engineering? Why do you want to work in manufacturing?

Every day is different. And you get to develop and use every aspect of your skills – working with both your hands and your brain. Without engineering so much in the world would be different.


Would you recommend apprenticeships to others?

Yes – I get paid to learn and get my NVQ, BTEC and HND qualifications, plus I’m getting experience on the job. And at the end of it I’ll get a job, instead of just doing the training and then having nowhere to go. Lot of my friends who went to university are working in retail now and haven’t found a career with their degree.

“Jessica has been an exceptional apprentice, her work ability, attitude and commitment to training has been maintained at the highest level throughout her apprenticeship. In only her second year of her apprenticeship, Jessica was offered by her company a ‘Service Support Officer’ role covering the Midlands, West Country and Wales. Jessica took on the challenging role with all its responsibilities without letting it effect or deter her from achieving high grades throughout her studies. Jessica has shown great enthusiasm for promoting apprenticeships and confidently does so at a number of national events. She is a fantastic engineer and a wonderful asset to her company.”

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