Connor is studying English, maths and electrical installation one day a week at Activate Learning’s Technology Campus in Blackbird Leys for the first year of his apprenticeship. The second year will be spend entirely on-site at Williams Jet Tenders in preparation for exams.
Having just successfully completed his first month, Connor tells us about his experience so far: “I’ve enjoyed learning new skills and working on my own jobs – there is pressure to get them right! I get a real sense of achievement when I finish them to a high standard and I also welcome ideas on how to improve.”
Connor felt that studying at the UTC prepared him for this experience, saying: “At the UTC you’re treated like an adult and there is mutual respect between teachers and students. There is more expected of you, and you study for longer hours so the transition into the workplace isn’t too difficult”.
He continues: “I also got a lot of support before I applied to Williams Jet Tenders; we took trips to see the company and I was allowed to visit to collect items for the ‘modified boat’ engineering project, which opened the doors here. Also, because you have the Employer Led Projects (ELPs), you are given the chance to talk to employers and understand the industry. I really think current students have to take advantage of this”.
“To anyone considering joining the UTC, I would say that you have to be willing to work; put the effort in, otherwise you will miss out on opportunities. Move out of your comfort zone and push for more.”
Connor’s advice to anyone applying for an apprenticeship would be: “The interview experience is invaluable, so apply for lots of apprenticeships, and always push for a way in with employers. If anyone was applying to Williams Jet Tenders I would say to make an impression at the boat school selection day and keep on making an impression by working as a team player”.
We wish Connor the best of luck in his career and are looking forward to keeping up with his progress.