My name is Joshua Barry and I am 20 years old. Over the last four years I have completed an apprenticeship at QinetiQ in Mechanical Manufacture Engineering and have now been taken on full time.
As an apprentice I was given many opportunities to learn new skills on different machinery within the workshop, starting on the manual machines such as lathes and mills and then going on to using a CNC milling machine. Throughout my apprenticeship I was given different tasks to show I was competent in using the various types of machines. I was also given the opportunity to carry out various engineering qualifications while attending college one day a week.
I was 16 years old when I got the apprenticeship at QinetiQ after just leaving school. As a part of one of my chosen subjects at school I went out one day a week to Fareham College, where I completed a Performing Engineering Operations level 1 qualification. After completing this course I wanted to learn more about engineering, develop my skills and gain experience within the working environment. To achieve these the best way forward for me was to have an apprenticeship in engineering, where not only would I learn different engineering skills and gain more qualifications, but also get paid for what I wanted to do.
Within the workshop at QinetiQ we are quite a small team where all the team come together to get the job done. This is one of the best experiences I have been part of, where the team spirit is high and it is great feeling when the job has been successfully completed. I enjoy working for QinetiQ, where there is something different to do every day, where I could be on the machines manufacturing components one week and rigging within the facilities the next.
I would definitely encourage other people out there to do an apprenticeship within their skill set as they will gain so much from having one, from gaining work experience to completing new qualifications which will help in their future careers.