Female engineer champions apprenticeships

Posted on 05 Sep 2018 and read 668 times
Female engineer champions apprenticeshipsAn award-winning apprentice has urged young people to consider the vocational learning route, now they have received their GCSE and A-Level results.

Maria Collins, who works at the Fradley site of Birmingham-based IMI Precision Engineering (www.imiplc.com), believes that apprenticeships offer school or college leavers a fantastic way to accelerate their careers and earn money while studying for a possible degree.

The 21-year-old trainee engineer has just completed a three-year apprenticeship in mechanical engineering and is now setting her sights on securing a degree while developing her practical skills at IMI, which is a world leader in fluid power and motion controls.

“I saw a lot of my older friends get their degrees and then struggle to find jobs, so I thought I’d take a look at doing something vocational that would have a position at the end of it,” explained Maria, who was named as the ‘Outstanding Learner of the Year’ at the In-Comm Training Awards in June (www.in-comm.co.uk).

“It has been a great decision. I’d completed some part-time work in manufacturing alongside my A-Levels, so I knew that was the career I wanted and was fortunate enough to be accepted by IMI for an apprenticeship.

“The experience has been fantastic. I’ve learned a lot about the basics in engineering, such as milling and turning, and then gradually developed more-advanced skills in circuit design and 3-D CAD design.

“This was done part-time, with the rest of my week spent at IMI, getting to know staff and understanding how I could apply these new skills to my own role.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity. I was getting paid to learn and not weighed down with massive debt.”

“The training I received from industry-competent professionals at In-Comm has allowed me to hit the ground running with IMI.

“I even played a role in developing the new ‘Fluid Power Training Suite’ at the technical academy in Aldridge, which will be a great resource for apprentices.”

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