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Apprentice Profile: Joe Benjamin

Joe Benjamin

What does your work involve?

Our work at Warwick differs on a daily basis, as it all depends on the types of tasks and challenges that need overcoming. It also includes using cutting edge facilities and equipment.

When did you join Warwick?

I joined Warwick in September 2016 after finishing my BTEC Level 3 in Engineering at the WMG Academy for Young Engineers.

What qualifications and roles did you have before this?

Before starting my apprenticeship at Warwick, I obtained 10 GCSEs grade A-C. Following this I gained a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, and I am now completing my City and Guilds Level 3 course and NVQ Level 3.

What training and development have you received at Warwick?

Since I started my apprenticeship, I have completed a wide range of learning programmes, including level 3 qualifications and general engineering training such as health and safety, manual handling, crane operations and laser training. As an apprentice we are currently moving around each department and learning how other technical staff and researchers operate.

What are your future plans?

My future plans, after my apprenticeship, are to secure a specific job at Warwick and to progress my learning through Warwick’s degree and development programmes.

What have you enjoyed about your apprenticeship?

My apprenticeship at WMG gives me a wide range of skills both academically and practically. I have the opportunity to work with leading research groups and technical staff, but also demonstrate and transfer what I have learned to students and their projects. The most exciting thing about my apprenticeship has to be the fact that I rotate around all of the facilities getting to use cutting edge machinery and experience all of what WMG has to offer.