Creating opportunities through apprenticeships

Our Marketing Intern William caught up with Brandon Waters, Engineer and Degree Apprentice at CNC Robotics, who is currently studying for a BEng in Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines at the University Central Lancashire.

We first met Brandon at Liverpool John Moores University for a meet the employer event. Brandon was representing Wirral Met College at the time and joined us as an apprentice in September 2019.

What opportunities and tasks have you worked on as part of your apprenticeship?

I am working with the electrical team at the minute on the control cabinet side of things. I’ve learnt a good bit about that. Before that, I was doing the basic programming side of things, on the robot controllers, programming one course at KUKA and some more about that.

What have you learnt from the experience so far?

I have learnt more about the automation industry and the work side of things you don’t get to see at college and school. A lot more hands-on experience.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

I wanted to do it for the work experience I would get. I looked at going into robotics anyway, but the opportunity came from college, and I just went for it.

What have you liked about working at CNC?

I have liked how each project is quite different, so there is always more to learn, which keeps it interesting. The people here are great, and the environment has helped me understand things quicker. There have been lots of opportunities to learn through hands-on stuff.

What advice would you give to others applying for an apprenticeship/maximising the apprenticeship experience?

If there is an area you are interested in, I would probably say it is good to write to companies, get some communication going. If there are opportunities out there, you want to be out looking for them. Then there is also the obvious stuff like working hard etc.

What do you hope to get out of the apprenticeship/what are your career goals?

The work experience side of things is really good and a degree. The field I have worked in here was something I looked to get into, so establishing a career in this is ideal.

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