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Celebrating skills generation: An insight with Kian, Apprentice Engineer

This Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we're shining a spotlight on one of our apprentices who is pioneering the future of engineering. Kian Adam, an 18-year-old apprentice engineer, shares his journey at Altrad Sparrows, balancing university studies with hands-on experience in the field.

Kian's journey underscores the value of apprenticeships in fostering a new generation of skilled professionals. Through programmes like ours, apprentices gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in their chosen careers. Join us in celebrating the contributions of apprentices like Kian during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Q: What drew you to an apprenticeship in engineering?

A: I've always had a passion for engineering. It was clear to me from school that if I was going to invest my future in anything, it would be engineering. I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted a more hands-on experience rather than spending four years in a purely academic setting.

Q: How do you believe apprenticeships like yours are generating skills for the future?

A: Apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds, combining academic knowledge with practical, on-the-job experience. This dual approach ensures that once we complete our apprenticeships, we're not just entering the workforce; we're already a part of it, equipped with the skills and experience needed to excel.

Q: What advantages do you see in undertaking an apprenticeship over a traditional route?

A: There's a significant advantage in gaining real-world experience while studying. Apprenticeships provide a smoother transition into the workforce, as you're applying what you learn in real-time. This hands-on experience, coupled with academic learning, prepares you better for the challenges of the job market.

Q: How did you find the apprenticeship opportunity at Altrad Sparrows?

A: I was aware that this type of office-based apprenticeship existed having attended open days while still at school. So, when the time came, I actively searched for apprenticeships through the likes of, looking for positions that aligned with my interests and skills. Although I used several platforms, it was through a personal connection that I learned about the opportunity at Altrad Sparrows and decided to apply.

Q: Could you share more about your role at Altrad Sparrows and any aspects of the job that took you by surprise?

A: My role is varied but I get to work on a lot of exciting projects with the support of more senior members of the team. There’s a lot of assistance to do the job and learn as you go. What surprised me the most was the level of responsibility and trust placed in me from the beginning. It's a hands-on experience where I'm directly contributing to executing work for our clients, which is both rewarding and challenging. The opportunity to work on a variety of projects has broadened my understanding of the industry and enhanced my skill set significantly.

Q: What message would you give to students considering an apprenticeship?

A: Keep an open mind about your career path and your future. Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity to gain direct industry experience while earning a qualification. It's not just about acquiring a degree; it's about preparing for what comes next and finding a path that aligns with both your interests and future job prospects.

Find out more about career journeys at Altrad Sparrows here.

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