As part of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek2019, we caught up with our ‘2018 Apprentice of the Year’ James Masterson to ask him some questions about his Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship experience so far!
Tell me a little about yourself?
I am 18 years old and started with WGM around 2 years ago to begin my Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship. I am halfway through my apprenticeship and I really enjoy it. I do 1 day a week at college and spend the other 4 days in the workshop. I really enjoy it as it means I can learn and work at the same time as making some money too.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship in this discipline?
I got interested in the trade when I used to work weekends in a Timber yard. I also started helping out in my Grandas carwash company from the age of 14 then started helping out with the maintenance of the machinery so I found that I really enjoyed using the tools and being able to fix something myself. I am very interested in going as far as I can with my qualifications and learning all areas of the Mechanical Engineering trade.
What has your apprenticeship allowed you to learn so far?
I mostly work on pumps gaining knowledge of the bearings and seals and doing some testing too. I have learned a lot on the sizes of clearance required and feel I have definitely grown as a person whilst here. I have learned a lot and get on with everyone in the workshop, there is a lot of banter between us all and that helps.
What aspect of your Apprenticeship do you find the most challenging?
Sometimes working on a project which I am given to fix myself can be quite challenging. My team leader is brilliant as he challenges me by allocating me with tricky jobs. When I do manage to fix them it is a great feeling.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I want to gain as many qualifications as I can as I really want to develop my skills and aim to complete my HND. I would like to be in a more supervisory role by then so I can help others like I have been supported. I enjoy electrical testing too so would like to gain more knowledge and experience on that. There is still a lot for me to learn on motor/pump testing too so I am looking forward to that.
What advice would you give to anyone considering an apprenticeship in the discipline at WGM Engineering?
Definitely go for it. I really enjoy working at WGM and I know a lot of the other apprentices feel the same. There is a great mix of study and work and I feel I am really learning skills that I wouldn’t get to learn if I was purely at college. Being able to work and learn is a really good opportunity and I have lots of support there when I need it.
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