We recently caught up with a number of first year apprentices and spoke to them about what it’s like to be a Bri-Stor/Alpha apprentice.
After finding out about the Bri-Stor apprenticeship through a careers event at school, both Jack Lycett and Jake Cain, joined the Bri-Stor apprenticeship scheme in August after passing their GCSEs. They both said that the thing that appealed to them the most was that they would get paid to learn; as our apprentices will finish the program with a diploma in their chosen field, as well as get paid along the way.
Speaking with some of the Alpha apprentices, Ben Vear explained that although getting paid to learn was a big advantage, he joined the apprenticeship scheme to gain skills and knowledge that are only developed through the hands on approach an apprenticeship scheme provides.
Since September, our first year apprentices have studied a number of modules including sheet metal, milling, welding and CAD design.
All of our first year apprentices have said they’ve enjoyed working on the Soapbox project, and are eagerly anticipating race day in May. Talking about what they’re looking forward to, our apprentices expressed their enthusiasm to move on to the shop floor in August, this will give them the opportunity to put months of hard work into practice.
Our apprentices will work under the Bri-Stor scheme for 3 years, where afterwards they will be fully qualified in their chosen field. Those who show the quality and willingness to advance their careers could on to complete a level 4 (foundation degree) qualification.
Applications for 2020 apprenticeships are now open. This year we’re expanding our courses, as well as the standard mechanical/manufacturing engineering diploma, we’re now offering apprenticeship courses in welding, auto electrician and body paint & wet spray.
For more information, or if you want to see what it’s like to be a Bri-Stor or Alpha apprentice, register for our open day on the 13th of February 5:30pm-7:30pm.