Case study

Rise to the Top: an apprentice's future career aspirations

Bethan is a third year engineering apprentice at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Bethan is a third year engineering apprentice at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

“I have always loved engineering and I am now in my third year of an engineering apprenticeship at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

I chose an apprenticeship as I knew that university was not for me, I just wanted to get on and start my career. During an apprenticeship you learn as you go and you earn while you learn, so that felt like a much better fit for me.

As part of my apprenticeship I have learnt so many new skills such as machining, including turning and milling, welding and how to use computer-aided design (CAD) software. I have also chosen to take part in additional activities such as first aid courses and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach.

These additional activities have been a really important part of my personal and professional development. In particular the STEM outreach and going to events in schools to inspire students, especially girls, to think about an apprenticeship or a career in engineering.

As for the future, while I don’t know exactly what it may hold, I know I will be working in an engineering environment. I am looking forward to seeing where the skills I have learnt during my apprenticeship take me.”

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Published 15 March 2016