What are the opportunities to develop and progress after the engineering apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship itself gives you so much support to achieve your goals. The scheme involves educating and supporting you throughout the three years to the role of a band D. You are given daily support by colleagues in your work placement and mentoring by college staff and line manager to make sure that you are reaching objectives that you have set.
After the apprenticeship, there are many ways to develop and progress within DE&S by going onto development schemes such as graduate schemes.
What do you most enjoy about the engineering apprenticeship?
In my job I am very lucky that my office window looks out onto the docks, so I am able to physically see what I am working with. This is very important to me, as it’s amazing to think that the work I am completing is supporting the Armed Forces. The most enjoyable thing is getting to go down on the submarines regularly to see the work that is being carried out.
What’s the greatest achievement as a DE&S engineering apprentice to date?
During my apprenticeship, I had to carry out a community project at a local primary school in the Plymouth area. This involved all of my group rebuilding a nature area for the children. My task was to make a bug hotel. I found this task challenging, as I had very little experience in wood construction, so after research and prototypes I managed to complete my task and the outcome was successful.
Why would you recommend DE&S to others as a great place to work?
DE&S is a great company to work for because it gives you so many opportunities to broaden your knowledge in different areas, including surface ships, submarines, infrastructure, health & safety and logistics. This shows that DE&S is able to cater for anyone’s needs, allowing you to change your career path around the company.
What are the social benefits of working for DE&S?
Working for DE&S enables you to get the Defence Discount card which offers endless discounts for restaurants, car hire companies, cinema tickets, retail shops and hotels. As well as receiving discounts, HMNB Devonport has a gym on base which is a high class sporting facility at a reasonable membership price. The gym also offers lots of fitness classes and activities that you can partake in, such as rock climbing, yoga, swimming, squash, football and athletics.