Which area are you currently working in and what do you think of it? What have you enjoyed about the other areas you have worked in?
I’m currently on my 4th rotation in Electrical Engineering. This rotation is completely different to the other rotations because the designs are for virtual electrical concepts rather than for physical products. The main area I’m working on at the moment is ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
Although I’ve enjoyed them all, my favourite rotation so far has been Configuration; it’s at the very beginning of the design process so you get involved with all areas of the business and in a massive variety of different projects.
What does a Leyland Trucks Apprenticeship mean to you?
For me it meant stepping away from what is often seen as the traditional route – school, college and then university – as a way of starting my career. As well as the obvious benefit of Leyland Trucks’ paying my tuition fees, an apprenticeship also means I’m gaining vital experience while I’m studying rather than having to start looking for experience after university.
What attracted you to the Leyland Trucks Apprenticeship scheme?
One of the main advantages for me was actually the small number of apprentices taken on each year. It means each apprentice is given full attention from everyone in the business and so much effort is put into each placement. This also means you tend to get stuck into important projects really early on, which is a great way of learning and developing new skills.
What are you currently studying?
I’m studying towards my HNC in General Engineering which covers both Mechanical and Electrical. This is at Preston’s College one day a week.
I’m also studying a NVQ in design engineering. This is accredited by Preston’s College but is more of a work based qualification that involves submitted design logs from my work at Leyland and completing workplace based assignments.
What are your aspirations for the future?
At the moment, I see my future within Engineering and the Product Development Group…but I’ve still got another year and a half of rotations so that may well change!
What advice do you have for people planning to apply for a LT apprenticeship?
My biggest tip for people applying would be to learn about the business and do your research before the interview. Make sure you have a good understanding of Leyland Trucks and feel confident if you’re asked to talk about the company.
It’s also important to make sure you go for the right apprenticeship – there was a choice of nine when I applied so make sure you read the profile of each one carefully.
I’ve actually started attending careers fairs recently to talk to young people about the apprenticeship scheme at Leyland Trucks; it’s great to inspire others to follow the path I have!