“My name is Cormac McCauley, I have been working for Balcas for the last year and a half as an apprentice mechanical maintenance technician in the CAE Mill.
I joined Balcas after I completed my A-levels and am currently in my second year of studying to complete my foundation degree in Mechatronics Engineering.
I have greatly benefitted from my apprenticeship so far as I have been earning while I am learning, giving me a great opportunity to start saving money to go towards my future, allowing me to become a fully qualified Engineer without student loans or debt to pay back. The biggest advantage to an apprenticeship is that as well as learning in the college, I learn every day in work, gaining important hands-on mechanical experience which cannot be taught in a classroom. No two days are ever the same so I am challenged regularly which allows me to build my skillset as an engineer, building the foundation for a successful career.
As well as supporting my education Balcas will also provide me with additional training such as Tele-handler, MEWP/Cherry picker, Welding, Health and Safety etc. This not only further enhances my CV but allows me to operate safely throughout my career.
Throughout my life I have enjoyed the challenge of practical based work, I wanted to further my education in a manner which allowed me to get stuck-in and test myself in a real working environment.
I believe that an apprenticeship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in engineering to set themselves up with the experience and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career.”
Balcas is committed to providing high quality opportunities for young people and take great pride in seeing talent flourish within the company’s operations. A great way to earn and learn in a world class manufacturing environment and is available right on your doorstep.
Think about how you learn best – going to university or staying at school is an academic route, but if you’d rather be hands-on and educate yourself ‘by doing’; then an apprenticeship route might suit you better. Perhaps like for Cormac, its worth looking into.