Amelia Andrews, Engineering Degree Apprentice.
21-year-old Amelia Andrews started her apprenticeship at GE Aviation in 2015 and is working towards achieving her BEng in Electronic and Computing Engineering, whilst studying at GC. She chose to do an apprenticeship because she wanted to gain experience in the world of work and gain a good degree.
Amelia rotates around projects within the company, gaining experience in all aspects of systems, hardware and software, alongside apprenticeship personal and professional development to better her leadership, communication and organisational skills. She said: “I really enjoy the diverse opportunities available within the company; having the chance to lead aspects resulting in a higher sense of accomplishment and the feeling of contributing towards a large industry.
“The highlight of my apprenticeship so far was having a leadership role in the Girls Get Set scheme, which inspires girls to aim for a career in engineering and STEM. I’ve also enjoyed running event days, putting across ideas to get senior engineers involved and the college side. Being able to see your learning put into practice at work makes it rewarding and you gain a great sense of achievement when you’re able to figure out complex problems. “I would really recommend an apprenticeship as it allows you to mature quicker and develop all-round skills you would not necessarily get at university alone. There’s a high sense of being part of something which has a big impact, as well as the perk of being paid to study. I have been able to move out and rent my own accommodation with friends, so I’m still getting that university lifestyle, but with the ability to afford it.”