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Case study 2
Article Type: University news From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 4
Neil Whitehead is a technician apprentice at Thales UK. Neil enjoys hands-on work and is directly involved in building and commissioning aircraft simulators. Key skills that Neil has learnt include how to run meetings, creating drawings using design tools, testing and commissioning simulators, and reading technical documents. In the final year of Neil’s apprenticeship he has worked in programme management while attending Central Sussex College two days a week. In the future he would like to become a senior programme manager and to run his own project.
Neil says: “I’ve found the apprenticeship to be a very useful stepping stone into the real world. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is leaving school and wants to do a vocational course at college. The Apprenticeship schemes allow you to learn more through actual life experience of the job while getting paid to gain qualifications.”
Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular. Last year there were more than 250,000 apprentices in England alone, training in over 200 different types of apprenticeship.