Bethan at DSTL

Programmes Offered: Degree Apprenticeship / Sponsored Degree (Level 6/7) Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3) Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5/6/7)
Locations: Salisbury Fareham
Industry: Business & Administration Engineering & Manufacturing

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Engineering Apprentice

Dstl has always intrigued me with the things that it is involved in and also how its work contributes to important aspects of defence, science and technology.

I tried University for a few weeks and realised that it wasn’t really for me, so I immediately started to search for an apprenticeship because I believe that you get so much more from that style of learning. You’re achieving qualifications, getting hands-on experience, earning money, gaining vital work-ethic and contributing to the growing success of a company; in my case, Dstl.

I began my Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship in September 2013. You learn everything from the essential health and safety aspects of your work to engineering principles and working on lathes and milling machines.

The apprenticeship made me more confident within my abilities and the experience you get is second to none.

Since graduating in September 2016, I have become an integral member of the engineering workshop, working on the milling machines and lathes but also being trained to work the CNC machines as well – a skill which is important to have. I am also undertaking a HNC in Engineering at a nearby university, going there 1 day a week to continue my learning and development and gain another nationally recognised qualification.

I am excited to see where my future will take me and look forward to my continued learning.

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