University of Bristol Technical Apprentice – Willow
Hi, I’m Willow. I am an apprentice for the University of Bristol and I’m currently in my first year training. I train at BEMA, which is a training centre in Yeat. For my first year, I’m there fully. My second year, I’ll be in the University for four days a week and one day at BEMA… …and that’s the same for the third year as well. Growing up, my dad had a massive influence in my interest towards engineering. He always inspired me to do whatever I wanted and not what anyone else wanted… …and that was a big thing, being interested in like maths and science, being a girl. So, this is the workshop I’ll be working in next year… …primarily working with students, making them bits and bobs for their experiments and their projects. I’ll also be working with PhD researchers primarily in the summer times. My apprenticeship with Bristol University is considered one of the best apprenticeships… …I could have in engineering in my field of work. It’s very like experimental, like you try it out
the first time, it normally doesn’t work… …you learn from that, you make it new, make it better and we carry on from there. When I speak to new people about my job, people are surprised the University even offer apprenticeships… …let alone the amount of apprenticeships they offer for people who still want to work… …and learn in an academic environment. I definitely think the apprenticeship is better for me. I’d say I’m a lot more employable, once I finish it, than most degree students that want to go into… …a similar kind of like job role because of the hands-on experience. In five years time, I see myself still working with the University, hopefully. It’s literally my dream job, doing new things every single day.