Gosha Barzowska answered on 18 Mar 2015:
I work for the company called Airbus – we design and build planes.
The are two criteria that Airbus considers – A-level results and so called ‘soft skills’.
We are looking for A’s or B’s in A-levels – maths, physics and english – in terms of education.
With regards to soft skills:
1) ability to work in a team
2) Good commuication skills
3) desire to learn – being ambitous
4) adaptability to change
As you can see the only thing you need to worry about now is getting good grades at school and work on your behaviours. 🙂
Steve Cox answered on 18 Mar 2015:
I’m self-employed and working for myself at the moment, but if I were looking for apprentices I would look for young people who are likely to get qualifications in the right subjects (including Maths and Physics), can communicate effectively (that’s a really important aspect in engineering), show that they can think in a logical manner, and have a passion for creating and making things.
Huw Williams answered on 18 Mar 2015:
As the other have explained here being an attractive employee is a blend of 3 factors.
1) Your Technical skills – Qualifications and Engineering Knowledge
2) Your “Soft Skills” or Behaviours – Team work, Communications, Common sense, Courage and Problem Solving Skills.
3) Your Motivation – being passionate about engineering, willing to learn and ambitious.
To be an Apprentice you’ll need to show a potential employer that you have a good mix of all 3 and for that you need evidence. Good grades in your GCSE’s will help show your technical skills, examples of project work or team activities like sports/music will help you show “Soft Skills” and finally you can prove your passion for Engineering by showing what you do in your spare time. Extra-curricular activities like STEM clubs, making things in your shed or teaching yourself how to do Engineering Drawings are all great examples of this.
Stacey Cutten answered on 19 Mar 2015:
Well, I’m not an employer, but my employers were personally looking for young people that were willing to learn. To be honest, that’s the only trait that the other apprentices and I shared. We were all from different backgrounds, had different talents, personalities and abilities. They wanted people who were easy to talk to, who they saw potential to grow. 🙂
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