Joey trains to be an Engineer

Joey apprentice

Joey Preston, a former pupil at Warblington School tells us what made him train to be an Engineer with PETA. Joey, from Cosham, is on a  Level Three, Engineering Apprenticeship at Engie.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

When I left school I had an interest in engineering but I didn't want to get into debt. An apprenticeship really appealed because I knew I would be paid whilst gaining a  qualification. I started out in mechanical engineering and that developed into an interest in Steam and now I am a qualified steam engineer.

What is your favourite thing about being an apprentice?

My favourite thing about being an apprentice is getting your tickets and your qualifications

What do you feel most proud of and why?

I love that by stripping an engine down and cleaning the parts I can save Engie thousands of pounds

What did you buy with your first pay-cheque?

I went out on a big night out and really enjoyed spending my own money.

Would you recommend apprenticeships and if so why?

Yes earning and learning at the same time - where can you go wrong with that!

After the first few months, you realise how much you have learned and you gain so much confidence, so much more so than at school.

What is your greatest achievement?

I can look at a boiler and feel confident that I can solve the problem.

Where would you like to go next in your career?

Ultimately I'd like to go to university, hopefully as part of my job on an advanced apprenticeship.

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