Engineering apprentice Ricki Power

After studying architecture at university for a year Ricki Power decided it wasn’t for him so he took up the chance of an engineering apprenticeship and says it’s the best decision he’s ever made!

Twenty-three-year-old Ricki, who works in sales for precision component manufacturer Berck Limited and attends college one day a week to study for the HNC in mechanical engineering, said: “An apprenticeship is a great thing to do and, in my opinion, much better than going to university as I’m pretty much guaranteed a job at the end of my training.

“And it’s a good way of learning too as you gain knowledge of how things actually work, rather than just studying theory, and I’m now more confident talking to colleagues who have worked in the industry for many years.”

And it’s not just Ricki who’s impressed with what he’s learning – his employers are too! Not only have they given him a company car so that he can go out to visit customers, they have also nominated him for a 2016 Future Manufacturing Award which recognises the efforts and achievements of apprentices in their final year of training.

Ricki added: “It feels great to know that my employer values me and what I’ve learnt – coming to work here was the best thing I’ve ever done!”

Read more about Ricki’s award nomination on our news page by clicking here

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