Courtney Scarlett, a Dual Engineering Apprentice with Ibstock Brick, provides an insight into her experience for National Apprenticeship Week 2019.
Why an apprenticeship?
Not knowing what to do after finishing school and college was one of the most frustrating phases in my life. There is an overwhelming amount of pressure for young people to go university and I feel some aspirations of individuals may actually deteriorate by this expectation. I wanted to gain real life experience. I wanted to gain practical insights, to work, to learn and to earn. I wanted to do something where I could use my practical skills to tackle real-world problems, rather than just learning about the theory behind it. An engineering apprenticeship allows me to do exactly that. To top it off, women are still a minority in engineering. This is why I love working in an engineering team and showing other people that women can also be successful in a male-dominated field.
The apprenticeship experience
Since choosing to do this apprenticeship, not only have I learnt through knowledge building, I’ve have also learnt through practice. I’ve developed personally and intellectually. I have improved my communication skills, basic electrical (domestic and industrial) installation and my confidence and initiative have grown immensely.
On completion of my apprenticeship, I am looking forward to putting the experience and knowledge I have gained into practice within a factory. Additionally, I am looking forward to joining the team at Ibstock Brick, Chesterton Factory in a full-time role.
Find out more about our apprenticeships scheme on our website, or apply to our Electrical Maintenance Engineer, based in Cattybrook on the eef website.