A report from one of our Apprentices about his time at Sellafield and with us
Why I took my Apprenticeship with Sellafield –
My decision for taking an apprenticeship with Sellafield was quite straight forward for me. I have always known growing up that I had a very technical mind and can picture how things operate or move around given a simple drawing or an explanation, and produce my own ideas given the right materials and tools. My decision to take an apprenticeship over going to University was largely influenced by accessibility and the style of learning I found most appealing. The Sellafield Apprenticeship Scheme allowed me to improve my learning on the job at the additionally learning technically challenging or complex aspects of engineering in the classroom; as appose to purely learning in a class room then being dropped into the real world. Given the variety of information and sources of information, I thought I would have the best chance at improving my skills with Sellafield. Sellafield apprenticeships also offer the opportunity to improve your skills by taking a degree while still working for the company so you don’t need to worry about finding a job after taking a degree.
I have had some great opportunities working for Sellafield, working on projects that have tested me and gave me a better understanding of how industry works in the real world. I have been able to work in lots of different teams in lots of different situations where I have had to solve real world problems, problems that if we did not fix or maintain something correctly there would be real world consequences.
I think taking an apprenticeship with Sellafield was the right decision because it has allowed me to gain and improve the skills I know I will have to use in my lifetime. I think if I never had the opportunities I have had, I would struggle with any role I will be going into in industry; roles that: demand teamwork, technical understanding, hand skills or critical thinking.
Why I took my Apprenticeship with The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers-
I wanted to meet more people with interests that are like mine, people who I could have convocation and spark ideas or improve ideas I already have. In my spare time I work on projects such as the dredging device project I took to INTEL ISEF 2016; these projects I find interesting and technical and allow me to improve my current skills all the while test myself. The WCSIM offer the opportunity for me to make connections with experts in industry, people who specialise in pretty much any area of industry you can think of. I find this is massively helpful when it comes to bringing an idea to life or adding final touches to projects.
The WCSIM offer great experiences such as: Annual Banquets, lectures and symposiums where I have been able to meet very kind and interesting people that occupy a vast array of roles in industry; from scientist to managers, technicians to consultants. The WCSIM also connected me with a very knowledgeable mentor who has guided me with my career pathways and decisions, advising me on degree options and projects.
I think joining the WCSIM was the right decision for me because it has connected me with people who are at all stages of their lives in industry; either at the end of their careers and are looking to retire or people who are just setting off, and everything in-between. Having access to the every different type of advice gives me great confidence in my ability to progress through the career path I have chosen.