Alfie

What made you decide to pursue an apprenticeship?

I chose to pursue an apprenticeship so I could experience working in a large company whilst studying a foundation degree (FdSc), as well as getting valuable work experience. It’s a great way to develop your skills early as well as getting a qualification simultaneously.

What has been the highlight of your apprenticeship so far?

My biggest highlight was the Outward Bound Experience! I got to meet apprentices all across the UK and do some really good activities such as climbing Kirks Fell, building a traverse rope bridge and gorge scrambling. Not only is it great fun but it’s also really good for building skills.

Describe a normal day

My days can vary depending on demand – sometimes I’m in the office but a lot of my time is spent in the pilot plant manufacturing. A normal day will start off by checking your e-mails, followed up by anything you didn’t get to complete the day before. Often my day is about seeing what other people are doing and what I can do to help them, such as joining them down in the plant if they are setting up equipment.

How would you describe your role in 5 words?

Developing new technologies for patients.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it’s how we know what to do better next time.