One of the major attractions of the Undergraduate Apprenticeship scheme was the fact that I would be able to combine both academic and vocational training with on-the-job experience. I have always had a fascination for the aeronautical industry and undertaking an apprenticeship has allowed me to gain a valuable insight into Airbus as a leading international company.
Having visited the Airbus plant on a careers open day I was really impressed with the set-up, having had the opportunity to talk to both management staff and trainee apprentices. The latter spoke positively and enthusiastically about Airbus as an employer and informed me that there were plenty of opportunities to establish a very rewarding and successful career in aeronautical engineering. The future certainly looked bright for Airbus and to date; working for the company has met all my expectations.
Presently, I am combining the University requirements of the "Undergraduate" Apprenticeship scheme with on-the-job experience in various departments at the Broughton plant. This allows me to experience firsthand, the practical application of the theoretical elements involved in the operational aspects of aeronautical engineering.
In the long term, I hope to realise my ambition of working as an aeronautical engineer within the commercial aircraft industry. As my career progresses I aim to pursue roles that allow me to experience a wide range of elements within the business; be that in the UK or potentially at overseas plants.
Personally, I feel the "Undergraduate" Apprenticeship programme is a great way to be able to go to University. The advantage of studying for a degree coupled with relevant practical on-the-job training is something which employers value highly. The two elements are synonymous and therefore, should be of high significance to any individual seeking or trying to secure a future career path.