Sean Rhodes, Technical Apprentice, Sertec Group
What qualification have you or will you achieve as part of your apprenticeship?
I am currently on track to achieve a foundation degree in Manufacturing engineering, with the aim of completing a full degree with the help of my apprenticeship programme. I have already achieved a BTEC level 3 with a grade of Distinction.
What is a typical day like for you?
As a technical apprentice, my day is very rarely the same. I have experience in a large range of sections within the company but I am currently with the purchasing team. So my typical day at the moment involves keeping up to date with any requests and actions received, with the majority of my work at the minute involving speaking to suppliers and providing them with components to quote and then conversing with the customer to see if the whole process is acceptable.
What are the top three things you enjoy about being an apprentice?
- Being an apprentice enables me to earn whilst I learn. I am able to take advantage of the opportunities provided to me by Sertec to enable me to achieve the highest possible qualification.
- Sertec entrusted me very early on with high profile tasks and projects to complete to a high standard. I enjoy the sense of responsibilities and purpose within a section and Sertec and other companies now somewhat rely on their apprentices to complete important jobs.
- Being an apprentice enables me to shadow a number of highly qualified and experienced individuals with the ability to ask questions as they understand I am in a training period where I require time to become capable and filter out mistakes.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in engineering?
For individuals looking at entering the world of engineering, I would say get your foot in the door early. This can be achieved by taking up an apprenticeship and I would stress the point that if you know engineering is what you want to do, I would say apply for an apprenticeship programme within a company that is constantly progressing. I would also advise that the individual researches extensively to establish the background of the company before applying so they are fully aware of what type of engineering they will be going into.