Hear from the Apprentices
We spoke with Shannon Cribb, apprentice production engineer at Cubik Innovation, about how she has benefited from choosing an engineering apprenticeship.
Why did you choose to be an apprentice, rather than go to university or straight into work without any additional training?
Because I would be paid to learn and have the possibility of a permanent position on completion. An apprenticeship for me was always a no brainer, University has benefits but finishing with the prospect of not finding a job and massive debt isn’t so great!
What was it about engineering that made you choose it as a career?
I was brought up with it. Both of my grandfathers were heavily involved in the engineering world, one was a milling engineer and the other worked on patents for helicopters. My Dad also has an MGBT classic car and motorcycles that he uses for trials which I help to build and maintain. Engineering has always been my first choice.
What has been the most beneficial part of the apprenticeship for you?
Actually being in a professional working environment and being able to learn directly from engineers in the industry with a huge amount of experience. Working on a project for a medical training device for midwives was also massively rewarding.
Where do you hope to be by the time you're 40, and how do you intend to reach your goal?
I hope to be a Design Engineer, working on PCB layout and schematic generation, the puzzley element to my work in production is extremely interesting, but I feel this could be applied to the art of PCB design.
How would you describe, to a young person, what your company does?
When describing my role to others, I tell them ‘I build the green panel that’s in all electronics from PlayStations to mobile phones, the technology that makes electronic devices work!’
What is the most interesting project you've worked on?
In terms of concept the device built for medical training is a hands down winner, but projects which I’ve enjoyed actually building would be working on the boards for model armoured vehicles, that was fun!
What advice would you give a 16 year old thinking about engineering as a career?
Before applying for an apprenticeship look into the company’s requirements and areas of business and whilst at school- Knuckle down, go to all the lessons possible and take part in all extra-curricular engineering activities available.