"I was completely sold. The fact that I could study engineering, the impressive equipment and the links with employers was really appealing. I also liked the fact that I could work with my hands to make things and apply my learning in a practical way.”
Whilst at Lincoln, Katie decided to apply for an engineering apprenticeship with AirTanker, a consortium of the leading aerospace companies delivering the Ministry of Defence contract for RAF Voyager. The application included multiple interviews, aptitude tests and a written exam, following which Katie was one of six young people to be selected from 300 to take up an apprenticeship.
"I'm really proud I managed to secure a place. What helped was the experience I had at Lincoln. I had lots of opportunities to speak to employers and work on projects with them. This made me more confident in the interview. Studying engineering at Lincoln UTC has meant that I can get started in my career two years earlier than if I’d stayed at my previous school. It’s a great step forward and will help me to become a qualified aeronautical engineer much more quickly.”
Since starting AirTanker's apprenticeship scheme, Katie has come a long way and is looking forward to completing her training at Resource Group and starting her placement at AirTanker.
"I have gained a better understanding of the technical workings of the aircraft by working through the individual modules and I feel more confident now that my knowledge is growing. I have really enjoyed meeting and working with the different airlines apprentices as they all give support to get through the course. I am really looking forward to starting my placement at AirTanker and gaining even more experience."