Daniel Martin is a third year apprentice at Johnson Matthey's Brimsdown site in the UK. Here he tells us about his experience of the apprenticeship programme…
Q1: Why did you decide to become an apprentice?
I found the opportunity to work and learn very appealing because I found my college course on engineering really interesting and wanted to deepen my understanding of it and broaden my skill set. This way I get the knowledge and the practical experience.
Q2: What do you think are the main benefits of being an apprentice?
Seeing industry first hand and really getting a feel for the job with real scope for a blossoming career. There is a deep seeded sense of pride and accomplishment in learning a trade and growing your experience.
Q3: What would you say to others who are thinking about becoming apprentices?
I'd encourage them to do so. Remember that the academic route is not the only path to your goals. I'd stress that if they have a desire to start a career and are practical learners, that an apprenticeship is their best bet.
Q5: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I would like to see myself as a qualified and respected multi skilled engineer that is a part of bettering the company. I'd like to be involved in a team constantly pushing for engineering excellence, innovation and sustainability.
Q6: What do you enjoy most about your work?
There are so many aspects to my role that I enjoy! I love the training and experience as I have seen how much my skills have developed since I started. But I also like that I have so much more to learn and achieve. I enjoy coming to work because of the people I work with. The people we work for are very passionate about the programme and our individual potential and this is reflected in all of the apprentices. It gives us the drive and motivation to apply ourselves which makes work more enjoyable. They support us and our training and make us feel like an important part of the team. All of this makes work more enjoyable.
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