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The advanced engineering apprentice looks to the future with the help of Total People. 

From car mechanic skills to advanced engineering, Total People apprentice Benjamin Ross has his sights firmly set on a career in engineering. 

The 22-year-old apprentice is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering with Sodexo. 

He looks set to #leadthefuture with career ambitions to become a mechanical maintenance technician and one day become a supervisor of the team he is working with.   

Benjamin said: “I’d gained a basic knowledge of both electrical and mechanical aspects through online study and doing work experience at a car mechanics workshop. I’d also completed a lot of DIY jobs with my dad at home which grew my understanding of how to use tools and apply them in the necessary situations.   

I wanted to gain on-the-job experience while completing the engineering qualifications and coursework, and Total People seemed to offer this the best. 

As well as learning key engineering skills, such as the maintenance of heating systems such as industrial calorifiers, heat-exchanger skids, and heater batteries, Benjamin is clear that the two most significant skills that he has learned during his apprenticeship have been problem-solving and communication. 

He said: “In Just over two years of my apprenticeship, I have gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience in how the maintenance aspect in facility management plays a significant role. This includes holding an understanding of how every piece of machinery works and how to properly maintain it.  

“I have also completed my Level 3 B-Tec course in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Personally, throughout my apprenticeship, I feel as though I’ve become more of a confident and positive person overall.”   

He cites his Total People instructor and learning coach for keeping him motivated during his apprenticeship journey.   

He said: “My tutors have taught me many things in preparation for a career such as how to approach and deal with problems, the best ways of progressing, and how you can stand out on being an over-achieving employee. As well as this, they have shared their own industry experience highlighting situations I could benefit from.   

During my time with Total People, I’ve never lost enthusiasm to continue building my engineering knowledge and completing any necessary coursework. Being with Total People has also kept me driven to become a fully qualified technician.

Benjamin’s advice to anyone considering becoming an apprentice is to look into the course contents to see what areas it will focus on and to do a lot of research about the company they are applying for.   

He said: “Completing an apprenticeship in engineering allows you to learn a variety of interesting things and valuable skills. On top of this, engineers are in very high demand and the qualification you gain through doing an engineering apprenticeship will be nationally recognized such as an NVQ.” 

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