The value of an engineering apprenticeship

Having completed his foundation apprenticeship with the University’s Physics Department, Dennis Chikwanha joined the Department of Engineering Science last June as a Junior Technician. Today, Dennis’s workload includes manufacturing specimens for students’ fourth year projects; other University Departments; the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, and research groups within Engineering Science.

Junior technician at work
Pictured here are: John Brumfitt (left), the Department's Head of Precision & Grinding Workshops and Junior Technician Dennis Chikwanha (right).

Having completed his foundation apprenticeship with the University’s Physics Department, Dennis Chikwanha joined the Department of Engineering Science last June as a Junior Technician. Today, Dennis’s workload includes manufacturing specimens for students’ fourth year projects; other University Departments; the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, and research groups within Engineering Science.

John Brumfitt, the Department’s Head of Precision & Grinding Workshops and Dennis’s supervisor, said: “The value of having a trained apprentice in the Department is that we can produce our own skilled workforce, someone who is trained in what they enjoy and who can have a vocation in that field. For me it’s important to pass on skills from supervisor to trainee – this maintains the skills-base and stops a trade from dying out.

Dennis joined the ATG Training Apprenticeship four years ago after attending one of their open days. During his Apprenticeship training, Dennis ‘gained an appreciation of engineering principles and practices, achieving a level of qualification and practical experience that has ‘kick-started his career.’ In March Dennis will receive his ATG Apprenticeship certificate at a prestigious awards ceremony in Aylesbury.

Dennis said: “Training while I am working enables me to put into practice what I have learnt straightaway and really apply it in my day to day work. My aim now is to continue my studies to achieve an HND and ultimately a degree in engineering.

The Department has two other apprentices who are now qualified, and in the coming year another apprentice will be recruited.

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