Engineering apprentice Richard

“I’d recommend an apprenticeship to anyone!” says 22-year-old Richard who’s combining earning and learning by working as a mechanical engineering apprentice whilst studying for the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in manufacturing engineering at college.

Richard, who is in the third year of his apprenticeship, added: “It’s such a great way of learning as I’m gaining skills and knowledge as I go along and learning about the complete process from design to manufacture.

“I feel confident in inputting my ideas to problem solving discussions with colleagues as well. And when a component that I’d designed and made was fitted to a vehicle I felt like I’d really contributed to the company – it was a real triumph and showed how much I’ve learned.”

After completing the HNC, Richard hopes to progress to the Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification and then do a university top-up course leading to a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

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