Not all students choose the traditional route - college and then university; opportunities to study to degree level whilst taking an apprenticeship offers an attractive alternative to students.
This is a great interview with degree apprentice Samantha Magowan who talks about her journey from A* A’ level student to Engineering Apprentice. Listen to how Sam prioritised her own mental health, rejected the traditional path and took an engineering apprenticeship at 18 instead.
Sam talks very openly and honestly about the pressure she was under to take a traditional academic path and was destined for a place at Cambridge University, but how the pressure of exams and facing another 3 years in college, led her to an apprenticeship. This is a great interview and a must-listen for students considering their options post-16.
Sam describes the application process and how her apprenticeship has been structured. She took a rotational apprenticeship, initially working in different departments and with various managers and therefore has a greater understanding of the whole business and feels this has helped both her relationships and her product knowledge. She spends one day a week at college, paid for by the Dale Power Solutions, the rest of the week is hands on at work.
Sam is passionate about promoting apprenticeships but also engineering as a career for women. Her advice to any female students considering their options, “Try it. If you like it brilliant, if not you can change it”.
Apprenticeships are available in many disciplines - business admin, health and safety, IT, supply chain, engineering and many more. The rotational apprenticeship for engineering students at Dale Power Solutions is a great way for young people to get a taste of different areas of the business before making a decision on a specific career path.
For more information on all our apprenticeships, including degree apprenticeships please get in touch.