What is your current role at Leonardo?
Currently, I am a Systems Technician working on the Miniature Techniques Generator for various Leonardo products. Previously, I have worked in multiple different areas of the business, from manufacturing, to test and repairs.
What apprenticeship did you complete?
I completed the four-year technical engineering apprenticeship where I achieved a Level 3 NVQ, a BTEC in Engineering, and a HNC in Electrical Engineering.
What did you study at school?
In my year at sixth form college before the apprenticeship, I studied Computer Science, IT and Business.
Why do you think an apprenticeship was the right path for your career development?
I don’t think I enjoyed the sixth form student lifestyle or the style of teaching. I wanted to be involved with something more hands on and more involved. I wanted to have the chance to learn about things that I could then apply in the workplace and see real world results.
Tell us what you do in a typical week
In a typical week? There is no such thing as a typical week in systems engineering! I attend university on Mondays to study for a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, fully supported by the company, then for rest of the week I will have a mix of working in the lab and from home, depending on what I have on. If I’m in the lab, I will be carrying out development and integration testing on the system, testing new software and firmware builds, and developing methods to further improve the efficiency of the testing process.
What do enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy everything about my job. Every day is so different, even more so from week to week. The team I work with is incredibly supportive and they take the time to have weekly catch-ups to discuss our workload and how we can help each other with our work. The collaborative working is something that I really enjoy; being able to take advantage of the unique skillsets that everyone brings to the project.
What have been your biggest achievements at Leonardo so far?
Some of my biggest achievements at Leonardo involve being awarded the Highly Commended Award at the MakeUK National Final for Engineering Apprentice of The Year, and winning a Leonardo Apprentice of the Year Award 4 times. Another big highlight of my career so far was attending the RAF100 Commemoration Day in France, representing Leonardo.
What activities are you involved with outside your specific job role?
Outside of work, I am a volunteer Civilian Instructor (CI) at the local Air Cadet Squadron, having previously been a Cadet Warrant Officer and completed the Junior Leaders Course. I think the cadets was a huge help in moulding me as a person and I don’t think I would be in the job role I am today without my time there.
What are your career aspirations?
In the short term, I am looking to work towards a promotion to Engineer and then continue to progress my way through the Electrical Engineering degree. In the further future, I would like to work to become a team leader within Systems at Leonardo.
Why should someone consider an apprenticeship at Leonardo?
I think anyone should consider an apprenticeship with Leonardo because you can get experience in so many different areas of the business, and everyone that you work with is keen to pass on their knowledge and help you develop and grow. There is no limit on the opportunities available to you as an apprentice, and Leonardo offers so many apprenticeships, including degree apprenticeships, that company really is open to people at any stage of their education.