What did you study at school?
I studied at St. David’s High School in Dalkeith until my 6th year in 2010. During my time there, I gained 7 higher grades in Maths, English, Product Design, Business Management, Art & Design, Photography and Music. I studied Physics and Craft & Design at Standard Grade level, which have already been beneficial to my apprenticeship.
Why did you think an apprenticeship was the right path for your career development?
When I left high school, I was undecided about which career path I would be best suited to. I spent a few years working full-time whilst looking into different options available to me, such as university or college. I had considered these, but was always put off by having to give up a full-time wage. I wanted to find a career where I could gain further education, whilst staying in a working environment. An apprenticeship gives me the best of both worlds, allowing me to continually build upon my knowledge, while giving me the stability of having a full-time job and an interesting career.
What is your current position at Leonardo?
I finished my 4-year Technical Apprenticeship at Leonardo in the autumn of 2017, and now work within the Quality Assurance department as a Product Assurance Technician. I am the main point of contact for Quality Assurance issues within my integrated project team at Edinburgh.
What attracted you to Leonardo?
I was attracted to working in Leonardo due to the reputation the company has in producing state-of-the-art products and technology. Leonardo appealed to me as I was looking for a career that would interest and challenge me.
Tell us about a typical week
Working within Quality Assurance provides me with a wide variety of work which changes from day to day. I attend daily integrated project team meetings to discuss the progress of the project, chair failure review board meetings, and aim to improve the non-conformance management of the project, amongst an array of other tasks.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love learning something new every day. My job challenges me and pushes me to continually build upon my skills and knowledge. Working within an integrated project team gives me a great sense of purpose and responsibility as I contribute to the project on a daily basis.
What was your best moment / biggest achievement as a Leonardo apprentice?
My biggest achievement as an Apprentice at Leonardo has been receiving the Skills Development Scotland Level 4 Apprentice of the Year award. It was amazing to be chosen as the award winner, as this competition is between various companies all over Scotland, so to be chosen as the winner was a great achievement and gave me a real sense of pride.