For National Apprenticeship Week, ADS is featuring several apprentices from across our sectors to demonstrate why apprenticeships are important and the talent in our sectors.

Introduce yourself

I’m Saskia and I am currently a second year engineering apprentice at Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage, I joined the apprenticeship scheme in September 2018.

Could you please give us an insight into the apprenticeship scheme at Airbus?

As an apprentice I rotate around to multiple departments throughout my time here, this has allowed me to gain an insight into how each department plays a different role in the creation of a spacecraft.

What do you enjoy about your role on the apprentice scheme?

I enjoy doing my apprenticeship because I’m gaining practical experience in my field of interest. I have the opportunity to expand my network through representing Airbus at a variety of events where I liaise with internal and external stakeholders on the future of space and its importance.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I chose to do an apprenticeship rather than apply for university as I wanted to continue with my education whilst gaining skills and experience in the industry. I also liked the fact that I would be learning my skills practically rather than in a class room. It is vital in a crowded jobs market to gain valuable work experience, by doing an apprenticeship you have the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and illustrate your practical skills and your academic achievements.

What advice would you give someone considering an apprenticeship?

A piece of advice I would give to someone who would be considering an apprenticeship is to be pro-active and seek out work experience before applying as this will be highly beneficial for your application as well as help you decide if this is the right company (or sector) for you.

Read our other blogs on National Apprenticeship Week 2020.