Interview with Ben McQuillan, Apprentice Technician Mechanical Engineer
Tell us about the type of work you've been doing...
Working with precision machine tools to fine tolerances requires maths skills such as trigonometry. I'm learning as much as I can across a wide range of mechanical workshop skills. Also, learning how to get on with different people and adapting to the whole working environment.
Why did you become an apprentice?
I completed my AS levels but decided I wanted more hands-on learning and an apprenticeship appealed.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship at Warwick?
The University is well established with a great reputation and lots of opportunities.
What's been the highlight of your apprenticeship?
Meeting and working with so many different people.
Tell us about your plans for the future...
After the second year of my apprenticeship I then want to complete a HNC, hopefully gaining a permanent role at Warwick at the end!
What would you say to someone who was considering joining an apprenticeship?
Personally it’s been a very good experience. I’ve received lots of training and I now know the career I want to pursue. I would suggest they choose something they enjoy and are enthusiastic about.
Ben is pictured, right with day-to-day supervisor, Charles Joyce
Interview with Peter Meesum, Technical Services Manager
How have you found the experience of managing apprentices?
We have been fortunate to recruit keen, enthusiastic and capable individuals which has resulted in a positive experience for us and our apprentices.
What are the main benefits of having an apprentice in your team?
University technicians perform a fairly unique role and we therefore need to train apprentices to have the skills we need. As a university we need succession planning and apprentices will help us to fulfil these objectives.