16 October 2023

Apprentice Q&A: Husain Mahomed, Domino Printing Sciences

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Apprenticeships are SO popular, with more and more young people doing one instead of going to university. 

We caught up with Husain Mahomed, an apprentice at Domino Printing Sciences, who’s here to tell you all about his scheme and share some helpful application tips too.

What made you choose to do an apprenticeship?

Staying in full-time education was a definite no for me, which is why I chose to work instead. I knew that getting paid to do something I loved would boost my career and benefit me in the long run. Oh – and cancel all my debts too! 

Most of my friends decided to take a gap year, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and start building the life I wanted.

What would you say are the key benefits of doing an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are great as they allow you to earn while you learn. Not only do they give you financial independence, but the experience you get from training on-the-job will serve you for life, no matter what role you take up.

I’ve only been on my apprenticeship for a couple of months and have already learned how to navigate 3D CAD, equipment maintenance and various software systems.

Any application tips to share with other students?

Your application is your time to show off all your qualifications, achievements, hobbies and interests. Not just that, but how you’ll benefit the company you’re applying to. 

For example, in my application, I didn’t just say I have good communication skills. I showed how those skills could be used for practical applications like fault finding. 

You should also mention your willingness to learn. Employers want candidates who are comfortable working independently, but eager to ask questions and learn about their industry too. 

Lastly, make sure you list any past experience you have on the application, even if it has nothing to do with your apprenticeship. At this stage, any experience counts and shows recruiters that you’re prepared for the world of work and everything it entails.

Want to know more about the application process? Have a read of our Apprenticeship Application Journey blog to find out more.

If you could give your past self advice on anything about your apprenticeship, what would it be?

The biggest piece of advice I’d give myself is to be more confident. What I’ve found is that having a high level of confidence and attitude reflects in your work. 

Confidence allows you to learn from your mistakes in a positive manner, instead of overthinking (which can lead to negative thoughts and feelings). It helps you ask more questions and improves the quality of your work too.

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

What I love most about Domino is getting to experience different sides of the business. In the next couple of years, I’ll be rotating around different departments such as supply and quality, new product introduction, mechanical design and so on.

This means I’ll get to broaden my knowledge, so I can specialise in one particular area once my programme is done. 

Another thing I love about my apprenticeship is the company culture. There’s so much flexibility at Domino and you’re treated like an adult right from the get-go. 

Also, everyone’s really understanding. It hasn’t been easy moving to a new city, but Domino have been so friendly and supportive, which has helped massively.

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