Tyler Willis, 20, is working at IXYS in Chippenham undertaking a Level 4 Engineering apprenticeship.
We started by asking Tyler about his educational history and why he choose engineering as an apprenticeship?
I studied for my AS Levels at Sixth Form, but unfortunately I didn’t get good grades, I knew this was down to me not focusing and it really gave me the push I needed to focus on what I wanted to do and what would best engage me. I started by enrolling on a one year engineering course at Wiltshire College. I was really enjoying it so when the college said IXYS were looking for apprentices I decided to look into it. My parents encouraged me to apply, my Dad is an engineer and knew what a great career this could be for me. They also explained how I would be earning money and not getting into debt which would be the case if I went to University.
We asked Tyler what his apprenticeship had entailed so far and what his future plans were?
I have been working across the site which is really useful as I am learning what every department does which will help me to understand the bigger picture. So far, I have worked in the clean room, manufacturing on the lathes and mills and currently I am in the design office. This is where I hope to secure a role after my apprenticeship has finished, it’s been my favourite area so far. With this in mind I’ll be looking to hone my skills in Solidworks which is a computer programme used by design engineers.
Lastly we asked Tyler what advice he would give to anyone thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?
I would say apply for lots of roles, even if you take part in the interview but decide afterwards it’s not for you, you have experience of an interview to take away with you. Using the apprenticeship website to search and apply for jobs has been easy. It’s also important to remember that sometimes the pay isn’t really high but that’s because the employer will be paying for your course too, that’s debt I don’t have to worry about and I will have a qualification at the end.