George Rawlins, Atkins

Whilst studying at college, George began an apprenticeship with Atkins in order to put this theoretical knowledge into practice. George dedicated the majority of his apprenticeship to working on Aero Structures. “I have had the chance to work and become familiar with a broad range of Computer Aided Design packages.” This practical, onsite learning came atGeorge Rawlins The 5% Club the same time as he was studying the theory at college, both of which complemented each other greatly.

George did not expect the diverse range of company sectors and career paths he would be exposed to and have the opportunity to discover as a result of his apprenticeship at Atkins. “From Building Services and Quality Surveying to Marine Electrical System Design, I have been fully immersed and able to explore numerous corners of the company.” This has opened many doors for George’s future. After spending six months on the Design Engineering workshop floor he has defined his ambition to become a Design Engineer and learnt the skills to achieve his career goals. George is grateful for the training he was provided with by Atkins and is looking forward to a bright and prosperous future with the company.

Natasha Pitts, Dale Power Solutions

Natasha was unsure of what career path she would take when she completed her A-Levels. After leaving school she took a Foundation Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and completed her NVQ4 with Derwent Training, another member of the 5% club. However, it was Natasha’s decision to embark upon an apprenticeship with Dale Power Solutions that confirmed her drive to pursue a career in engineering.

Untitled“Through the support and knowledge of colleagues and work based mentors at Dale Power Solutions, I have developed the skills to become an Electrical Design Engineer.” Over the past two years Natasha has been trained to provide power solutions for DC standby battery chargers and uninterruptable power supplies (UPS).

Working at Dale Power Solutions in a practical, industry specific environment has not only cultivated her engineering skills but has readily prepared her to achieve success within a working environment.

“I can apply the principles learnt at university and college directly into my role in the workplace.”

Two years on and Natasha is developing her technical skills even further. With Dale’s encouragement and support she is now studying part-time for a BEng(hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hull. She is grateful for the opportunities provided by Dale Power Solutions, who have been acknowledged a number of times for their quality apprenticeship schemes and is ambitious to progress as one of the future leaders of the company.

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