Phil Lidgey is a third year multi skilled engineering apprentice at Johnson Matthey's Brimsdown site in the UK. Here he tells us about his experience of the apprenticeship programme…

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Q1: Why did you decide to become an apprentice?

Having been told that I would never amount to anything without a degree through my whole school life naturally I began to follow that path. Only when my friends had started to come back from university with upwards of £35,000 in debt and were still waiting for that dream job they had been promised all their lives, did I begin to think there must be a better way for me to advance and improve myself.

Q2: What do you think are the main benefits of being an apprentice?

• Earning as you learn
• Gaining qualifications as part of your daily job, in a field you are interested in
• Safety of a job for a set length of the apprenticeship (in my case three years), which is nice in the current economic climate.

Q3: What would you say to others who are thinking about becoming apprentices?

Do it!

Surely having the skills learned and practised in the workplace is better than knowing the theory and having never used your hands or learnt the skills to deal with the situation.

Q5: Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Hopefully employed at Johnson Matthey and still working to advance and further develop myself.

Q6: What do you enjoy most about your work?

The sense that I have learned a trade over the last couple of years and now can work as part of the team to put those skills into practise. Taking pride in the jobs I do!

Meet our Redwitz apprentices here:

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