Apprentice Blog: Life As An Engineering, Fabrication and Welding Apprentice
It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2016 across the UK and we’re celebrating our Apprentice Academy Apprentices. In today’s hot seat, we are delighted to invite adi’s Apprentice of The Year 2015, Kyle Sterry as a guest blogger to talk more about life working as an Engineering Fabricator/Welding Apprentice for adi’s Mechanical division based in Northampton.
My name is Kyle Sterry and I am 19 years old. I am in my second year of an Engineering, Fabrication and Welding apprenticeship.
When I was at school I always took an interest in engineering, but I wasn’t sure how to get into the industry. I decided to try A-Levels at sixth form, but quickly realised that it wasn’t for me, so I dropped out after the first year in an attempt to find an engineering apprenticeship.
My dad has an engineering background, which is where my initial interest came from, and he mentioned adi Group to me. I had been applying everywhere and was getting no luck, so I was really pleased when I was asked for interview.
I started immediately, and not really knowing what to expect it was really great to get stuck into practical working and projects straight away. I think skills development while working is what makes apprenticeships so much better than A-levels, and adi Group have such a hands on approach it means the experience is invaluable.
I started with the basics like cutting materials for the other engineers, and as I built more skills and developed my welding I moved onto more standalone opportunities where I was working on projects by myself. I was the first engineering apprentice within our Southern Division, but now I also look after another apprentice, which is helping me to develop mentoring skills at the same time.
I am mainly based in Banbury, and the workshop in Caldicot, but I also work a lot from customer sites around the country. Working so closely with the different teams means I am really involved in the variety of projects that we are working on, and the amount of jobs we are acquiring is rapidly increasing. I am really glad I got into engineering when I did and it has been a truly great experience for me. The diverse nature of what adi offer provides me with a wide range of hands on experience.
When it comes to the future, the senior team has been really supportive, suggesting that after my apprenticeship I should think about further educational opportunities to develop the more technical and design sides of the business – helping me to further progress my career within the adi Group. It’s something I definitely want to do so I can eventually move up to the project management side of the business. Although this would be a step away from the hands-on side of the job, I think it’s important to learn about all of the different aspects of mechanical engineering, as without knowing the basics I think it would be hard to understand what customers are really after.
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