National Apprenticeship Week 2024 is an opportunity to celebrate a vital subset of Britain’s future workforce, and while we’re probably a bit biased, we think TECNIQ’s apprentices rank amongst the best and the brightest.
Below you’ll get an insight into our apprenticeship programme, straight from the apprentices themselves. They share why they chose a career in automotive engineering, why TECNIQ stood out to them against other options, what it’s like to work on some of the world’s most exciting vehicle programmes, and a whole lot more.
The Apprentice’s Journey
“I didn’t have a background in engineering, but I’ve always loved cars. Classic Racing has taken part in the Mille Miglia, and that’s a race I grew up watching as a kid. It went right outside my house. I sketched cars growing up, but never really connected with the engineering side of things until now.
I heard about the TECNIQ apprenticeship programme while I was in college. When I hear about an opportunity to work on these super high-end cars, I’m going to take it.”
Giulia Mihalachi, Engineer Apprentice
“I always had a strong interest in cars and nothing grabbed my attention and interest in the same way while I was at school. So I was excited when I got the chance to tour TECNIQ’s campus right after leaving. I got to see the entire journey of development, from the early stages of design right the way through to manufacturing. It was the first time I’d ever seen a Ford GT, and from that moment on, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for my career, and where I wanted to start that journey.”
Alex Jennings, Design Engineer Apprentice
By adding hands-on learning and real-world experience to the traditional classroom experience, apprenticeships can offer a compelling alternative to conventional education.
And if you’ve always harboured a love for cars, TECNIQ presents a unique opportunity.
Skill Development, Career Path, and What Makes TECNIQ Stand Out
At TECNIQ we want our apprentices to gain a breadth of knowledge and experience during their time on campus. They join different departments during their ‘rotation’, which means by the end of their term they will have theoretical and practical knowledge that spans design, engineering, and manufacturing and lots of things in between!
“TECNIQ has been a great experience because it’s been so broad. It’s common for OEMs to have apprentices focus on one component or item, but here at TECNIQ I work across all sorts of areas; carbon fibre panels, structural metallic pressings, injection moulded substances, component tooling and more. As a design engineer, it really opens up the scope of what work I can go into, and I feel like I’m rounding out my skillset more and more every day.
I’d like to stay at TECNIQ, hopefully progress into Senior Designer positions and maybe even Chief Engineer one day. There’s a variety here that I don’t think other OEMs can match, and the projects are just so exciting to work on.”
Sam Elcock, Design Engineer Apprentice
Support and Apprentice Camaraderie
It’s vital that in addition to learning from experienced engineers, apprentices feel encouraged and supported.
“The training is really good, and I’m really enjoying having one-on-one time with an experienced engineer. They understand my current skill level and for most jobs they can say with confidence: ‘you can do this, but if you need me come get me.’ That level of trust reinforces how independent I feel, but I also know the support is there if I need it.”
“As well as more experienced colleagues that have had a huge impact on me, I see some of my peers as mentor figures too. Sam is a great example of that – he’s been very understanding and supportive when I’ve been unsure. There are other apprentices that have been in the same position as me, and can help steer me in the right direction.”
Working on Amazing Vehicle Programmes
What is pretty unique here at TECNIQ for our apprentices is that they get to work on some of the most inspiring automotive vehicle programmes in the world: Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes AMG and more. Hypercars from these stables are the cream of the crop, and the opportunity to work on these amazing vehicles is pretty cool for our apprentices, as is it for us!
“Designing and making the show car seats for the Gordon Murray T33 was a highlight for me. Working for such a high-profile company was incredible, and it’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of professionally. I designed it, helped make it, it made customers happy, and they are now in the public eye. That’s an extremely rewarding, validating feeling.”
Favourite Accomplishment from Last Year
It’s important that apprentices feel a sense of pride and accomplishment on a regular basis. Apart from examples like the Soapbox Rally, TECNIQ’s apprenticeship programme presents lots of opportunities for apprentices to feel like their hard work is rewarded.
“The first big project I worked on in design was the construction of carbon fibre snap tooling. It was amazing to be a part of, and I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity. It was such a great experience to see my tools in action reducing production time, turning a 5 hour job into 5 minutes. It was nice to be trusted to that degree, and it felt amazing to pay back that trust with a project that was so successful.”
Here at TECNIQ, we don’t need much of an excuse to celebrate our apprentices, but Apprenticeship Week 2024 is a good a reason as any. We have a deep appreciation for our apprentices, not just for the stellar work they produce week in, week out, but also for how they improve TECNIQ as a company. To quote CEO Nigel Lempriere:
“We take apprenticeship programmes seriously at TECNIQ… we also benefit from their presence, from their inquisitiveness, and their willingness to think outside the box. It goes both ways, which is why we’re always on the lookout for young, ambitious students ready to take the next step in this crucial stage of their career.”
Nigel Lempriere, CEO, TECNIQ
We strive to make our apprenticeship programme a positive, enriching experience for those that are part of it. For more on TECNIQ, head to our about page.