• Question: What made you choose to be an apprentice

    Asked by Duchess to Huw, Gosha, Ray, Stacey, Steve on 16 Mar 2015.
    • Photo: Ray Butchart

      Ray Butchart answered on 16 Mar 2015:

      I knew I would never have the chance of university when I was at boarding school in Signapore, so I opted for the RAF as they had one of the best apprenticeship schemmes around at the time. I never regreted it.

    • Photo: Steve Cox

      Steve Cox answered on 16 Mar 2015:

      I wanted to do a mixture of practical work, and learning about all aspects of car making, whilst at the same time studying for my engineering degree. I believe that it made me a much better engineer when I graduated compared to someone who’d only done the theoretical side.

    • Photo: Stacey Cutten

      Stacey Cutten answered on 16 Mar 2015:

      To be honest, when I was in sixth form I didn’t look into apprenticeships until last minute. I had always been told I was going university and just assumed that is where I should be going. I couldn’t do engineering at university because I hadn’t done Maths and Physics at A Level 🙁 This, together with the fact that I couldn’t go to university because I didn’t have enough money to move away, I decided to look into apprenticeships.

      I couldn’t believe I had never looked at these before! I dont regret it 😀

    • Photo: Huw Williams

      Huw Williams answered on 16 Mar 2015:

      For me it was a combination of factors as described by everyone here;

      Firstly I could do an apprenticeship and get 3 years worth of work experience.
      Secondly I could do a degree and my company would pay all my uni fees.
      Thirdly I’d finish my apprenticeship and move straight into a guaranteed job, which are very hard to come by these days.
      Fourth and most important, I could get paid whilst doing all that too!


    • Photo: Gosha Barzowska

      Gosha Barzowska answered on 17 Mar 2015:

      For me it was simple decision – the main difference between My Apprenticeshipa and University is that at Uni you don’t get any real experiance of being an engineer. Apprenticeship in a sense is a better deal because:
      1) You apply theory into PRACTICE from day one
      2) You GET PAID for going to work and school
      3) You still get a full Engineering DEGREE at the end of the apprenticeship
      4) NO UNI FEES – your employers pays for that
      For me it’s the best deal you can ever get!