We had a chat with Harry Tozer who is currently completing his Level 2 Mechanical Manufacturing apprenticeship at PTG to find out more about his job and his future career aspirations.
“I started carpentry when I left school, but I wasn’t sure it was definitely for me. My Uncle is a welder and recommended the trade, so I came to Skills Group to take part in a Taster Day to try out welding and engineering. I really enjoyed engineering as there is a wide range of tasks to get stuck into, so decided to get my qualifications in this area.
“Engineering is a form of problem solving. We get given technical drawings from clients to put through a machine to cut, but we need to check that the small details are correct – for example if a hole is the right size. If it’s not, we have to analyse the shape and then correct it.
“I chose to do an apprenticeship to get my engineering qualifications rather than go to college, as apprenticeships allow you to get much more hands-on, practical experience. In college, I’d be given lots of theory work, but wouldn’t be as confident actually using the machines.
“My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be not to rush into it; instead, spend some time trying out a few different trades and it’s ok to change your mind!
“In the future, I’d like to stay at PTG and do my Level 3. My goal is to then move into the RAF and become an Aviation Technician using my qualification”.
Well done and good luck Harry!
I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!
I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!
Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up
The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.
I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!