Aimee Cooper is currently studying an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering at Moog Aircraft Group in Wolverhampton
Q. Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
A. I chose the apprenticeship as I really wanted the balance between working and studying. I wanted to gain hands-on engineering experience and this role has been really beneficial to me.
Q. How are you finding your apprenticeship?
A. I am really enjoying my apprenticeship. I am now in my fourth year and I am progressing well, gaining lots of experience within engineering.
Q. What is an average day like for you in the workplace?
A. In the morning, I catch-up with my team leader to see what jobs need to be done for the day. I am issued with a kit box which contains parts and instructions to help me to build and test the units throughout the day.
Q. What key skills have you learnt throughout your apprenticeship?
A. The key skills I have developed have been mainly through my role in the work-place. I wouldn’t have been given the opportunities or developed the essential engineering skills I have without this apprenticeship. The knowledge I have built up also compliments the HNC in Engineering that I am studying at college.
Q. What is your college/work life balance like?
A. On a weekly basis, I’m in the workplace four days a week and then I spend one day at college. I also study in my spare time as required to complete projects and assignments.
Q. How did you feel when you were offered the job at Moog?
A. I was so excited to be offered the job here at Moog as there was a lot of competition for the position. I worked really hard on the practical element of the interview and it really paid off. Getting this job was the start of my career and I am looking forward to learning from other employees to develop my skills and experience.
Q. What would you say has been the most rewarding project you have been involved in?
A. Finishing my technical certificate at college was a really interesting and challenging experience. This has given me the opportunity to progress onto studying for my HNC in Engineering.
Q. Looking ahead, what are your hopes and goals?
A. My main goal at the moment is to finish my advanced apprenticeship and progress within Moog.
Q. What would you say to somebody thinking about studying an apprenticeship?
A. If you’re thinking of working in a specific area such as engineering, then an apprenticeship is a great way to gain valuable skills. If you want to gain experience in the workplace as well as gaining a qualification, then I would highly recommend an apprenticeship.