With a strong passion in the field of aerospace and aviation; after studying Maths, Physics and German A-levels I knew that a career in engineering was what I wanted to achieve.
Whilst applying to universities to study Aerospace Engineering degrees I came across the Airbus "Undergraduate" Apprenticeship programme. I was unsure at the time if another three years of straight academic study at University was going to be the best option for me, whereas the Airbus Apprentice route seemed to offer the best of both worlds.
Whilst studying for my degree I am able to gain real hands on experience where I can apply the theoretical knowledge I have learned in the classroom. Although other schemes similar to this existed at the time, working for Airbus was the real clincher. Being able to work at the forefront of developing civil and military products, a company that I had always had a great interest in was such a great opportunity for me.
Currently I am working in Structures Test assisting with the full scale A320 Static Test and I am supporting smaller scale coupon tests. This is allowing me to develop a broader range of skills and knowledge and has enabled me to better understand and visualise many of the components I have worked on in previous placements. I feel like I am adding value to the projects and supporting the end goal.
Towards the end of my apprenticeship I am hoping to complete a stress based final role on a live project because the work is reactive and is happening in real-time. Further to this I will be able to develop my technical knowledge to a point where I can become a fully fledged Stressman. Looking further forward I hope to go on to study for Post-Graduate qualifications and who knows what else I can achieve.
My advice to people considering this option would be to work as hard as possible to achieve the required grades and apply. This scheme is one of a kind and offers so many great opportunities and career possibilities with the benefit of getting paid to study without the debt of University tuition fees.