Case study

National Apprenticeship Week case study - Ollie

Ollie is a first year mechanical engineering apprentice at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Ollie is a first year mechanical engineering apprentice at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

“I have come straight from finishing my A-levels to join the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) as a first year mechanical engineering apprentice. During my time at school my primary interest was engineering and I could always see myself having a career within it, just the question was what section.

Once I was coming to the end of my time at sixth form I was looking for the next step in my life, knowing that I was not cut out for university, meant I started looking for local apprenticeships. When trying to find an apprenticeship I didn’t want to move away from home but the opportunities and training that Dstl offered, meant there wasn’t any doubt that I would move away to take the apprenticeship.

When it came to moving away from home it wasn’t the easiest but once I had started the apprenticeship at Dstl I knew it was the right decision. The course has already covered many different aspects of mechanical engineering not just on the theory side, but also on the practical side developing hand skills and machining skills.

In the next two years of the apprenticeship I hope to be placed on interesting placements in a wide range of departments. Alongside expanding my knowledge within all aspects of engineering, to then carry my career on with in Dstl.”

Published 1 March 2017