A warm welcome to Kohler Mira’s new intake of first year Apprentices who joined the business back in September 2016.
They are currently attending Gloucestershire Engineering Training where they will benefit from both practical skills training and classroom teaching, to give them a thorough grounding in all key areas required for a career in modern engineering. They are from left to right Emma Meek, Adam Smith, Rob Taylor, Jake Blagden in the above photo, which was taken when the Apprentices joined in with a volunteer day at Betteridge School and helped to refurbish the children’s playhouse.
We continue with our series of Apprentice Stories by having a quick catch up with Emma to find out how she's has got on since joining the scheme and her future goals and aspirations.
Hi, Emma, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 19 years old and live in Mitcheldean, in the Forest of Dean. From a young age, I always thought to myself I wanted to be an engineer like my father and follow in his footsteps, although I never thought this was realistic or achievable. After helping my dad out every day since around the age of 8/9, following him around the garage and working on cars. I realised that this was part of what I wanted to do within my career. I grew up believing I wouldn’t be able to follow my father due to being female, however, I pursued and realised that this didn’t matter at all.
What is the best thing at GET?
I am currently in the workshop at GET, the best thing about it is the hands-on machining. I enjoy making components to technical drawings currently on the lathes and enjoy accomplishing these within tolerances and surface finishes.
Where would you ultimately like to finish up at the end of your training?
Eventually, I am aiming to complete my engineering training to HNC/HND level. I think I will enjoy a job in both mechanical and electrical engineering at Mira, possibly in the product design department. However, I also enjoy problem-solving so a job where these aspects are incorporated would be a role I would enjoy thoroughly.
Would you recommend an Apprenticeship at Mira to people you know & if so why?
I would highly recommend an apprenticeship at Mira. The staff within the company are extremely welcoming and friendly. They have helped with my learning greatly when attending the company during shutdown at GET.
The experience gained through an apprenticeship is realistic and helps to improve skills and knowledge required for the real world. The hands-on experience is what I enjoy most as I can learn how to do things by actually having a go and learn from my own mistakes.