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13th February 2021

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we spoke to Level 3 Engineering Design and Draughtsperson apprentice Lucy Peck to gain a better insight into the apprenticeship experience…

Name: Lucy Peck
Employer: Lazenby Group Limited
Apprenticeship Course: Level 3 Engineering Design and Draughtsperson

What made you apply for an apprenticeship?
I was previously a dance teacher but I wasn’t enjoying that job whatsoever and felt as though I needed a career change. With that in mind, I started looking at what apprenticeships were available and Design Engineering caught my eye. The biggest plus point for me was that I would be learning whilst still earning a salary, so it provided the best of both worlds. Obviously, by embarking on a new career path, I didn’t have the skill-set to go into a job straight away, which is why an apprenticeship was the perfect path for me to take.

What inspired you to take on this particular role?
As I say, I was ready for a fresh challenge and, thankfully, I’ve found exactly what I was looking for with this role at Lazenby Group. It’s more hands-on and requires you to use your brain a little bit more if that makes sense. My boyfriend also works in engineering and I thought it would be a good trade to have skills in and knowledge of. And with the design element - I used to be quite creative at school - it’s nice to have the opportunity to mix things up a little as well.

What do you like most about being an apprentice?
As I’ve previously mentioned, the opportunity to learn a completely new skill-set whilst earning a salary was a big factor. It's also great to learn at college and then have an instant opportunity to put that into practice at work. I learn just as much at work as I do at college, and both aspects complement each other really well. To be involved in a learning process whilst working for a company - being taught their way of doing things and in-house techniques - is great as well. It really is a case of having the opportunity to build a career rather than it just being a job, which is key for me.

How have you benefitted from your experiences on the apprenticeship so far?
I think I’m more confident in myself as a result of my experiences over the last four of five months. I’ve definitely become more knowledgeable about the way things work. One of the main reasons I opted to go down the apprenticeship route was to learn new skills and I'm thoroughly enjoying having the opportunity to do so. It feels as though I’m pushing to better and develop myself every day, which is a real positive.

The support I’ve received from both my employer and the College has been nothing short of fantastic. Being completely honest, I was clueless heading into the apprenticeship. Everything was new to me having opted to make a complete career switch, but the guidance, help and advice I’ve received from so many different people has been so beneficial and has made the transition so much easier.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship to others?
Yes – without a doubt! Although you would still learn new things if you went to university to study engineering, I cannot stress how vital and beneficial it is to learn how to do it in a real-life working environment instead of a lecture theatre or classroom. I’m very thankful for the opportunities that I have had through my apprenticeship so far. And with the different levels of apprenticeships available in so many different industries now, it means they’re accessible to everyone.