National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: Emma


In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, we ask Mechanical Engineering Apprentice Emma about her experiences and advice for those who are considering what to do once they leave school.

Name: Emma Parkinson

What do you do?

I am a first Year Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship as it has allowed me to get hands on experience while being paid to learn and further my education. Personally I find this way of learning a lot more effective than if I was to study full time at University.

What inspired you to work in the industry?

I started working in the Defence industry as I had work experience in various industries such as; Agricultural, Automotive, Heating/Gas and I found that I was more engaged and interested in Defence.

What would you say to students who are considering their career options?

I would say to anyone considering their career options, to try and get a wide range of work experience so that you can see what you like doing and what you don’t. Although if there isn’t time, pick a subject that interests you, become an apprentice in that field and then you are able to discover what you want to do after you’ve had hand on experience.

What has been your most memorable or proudest moment?

On the 19th February 2019, I was invited to support the MAKEuk (formerly EEF) National Manufacturing Conference at the QEii Centre, opposite Westminster Abbey.

The aim of the conference was to bring together delegates from over 800 UK based engineering and manufacturing SME’s to network, learn from each other and share ideas in preparation for Brexit. Keynote speakers at the event included Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Opposition), Steph McGovern (Broadcaster) and Andrew Neil (Broadcaster & Journalist)

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We were supporting the #GenerationZ workshop where we were tasked alongside the delegates to develop a campaign aimed at attracting and retaining young people in the manufacturing industry. My team had the best campaign and came 1st out of 16 teams.

What would you say to other women and girls who may be put off joining the industry because of its male-dominance?

To anyone who says that you can’t do something because you’re a woman, too young or too dumb. Prove them wrong.