The 5% Club Case Study: Ella Ellisdon

A happy New Year from all at The 5% Club!

We thought we’d kick off 2014 with a case study, so meet Ella Ellisdon, an Astrium Engineering apprentice from aerospace and defence company EADS.

Ella Ellisdon EADSName: Ella Ellisdon

Division: Engineering

Location: Stevenage

I have been an Astrium Engineering apprentice since September 2012; I joined as I got to spend the first year studying for PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) and BTEC National in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering qualifications at Highbury College in Portsmouth.

I am currently in industry doing real hands on work for the company, studying for my NVQ level 3, as well as doing block release back to college to gain a HNC in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. This will continue for my final two years on the apprenticeship.

A massive positive of this apprenticeship scheme with Astrium, is that you get to move around the company, working under different people, doing different types of engineering in each placement. This gives the apprentices the chance to develop themselves and gives the opportunity to see what department you would potentially like to end up in.

Every day is different, and being able to adapt and change to different challenges that arise, makes the work place a great place to be a team member of.



The 5% Club Case Study: George Rawlins

Our case-study focus this week is on George Rawlins, a higher apprentice in the Aerospace Division at Atkins. Find out more about his role below.

George Rawlins The 5% ClubLocation: Bristol

Division: Aerospace

I was one of the first people to join Atkins’ Aerospace division on the higher apprenticeship scheme. While working towards a foundation degree in mechanical engineering at the City of Bristol College, I am also working with colleagues on high profile projects for clients including Rolls-Royce and Airbus. My focus is on mechanical and design engineering across aerostructures and aero engines.

I was eager to get into the workplace and make my own way in the world, so the higher apprenticeship suits me as it will enable me to do this while I study. Due to the nature of work and the breadth of disciplines, Atkins was one of my top choices.