Aim High with an Engineering Apprenticeship – Brad’s Story

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Continuing with our #RisingToTheTop theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, it is most fitting that we showcase the extraordinary achievements of engineering apprentice, Brad Smith, who is employed by BAE Systems in Alsager.

21- year-old Brad from Biddulph has recently been named UK Apprentice of the Year at the BAE Systems Apprenticeship Awards after bosses recognised his exceptional work ethic and dedication.

Getting started

He began working as an electrical engineer four years ago after achieving 11 A’s at GCSE’s. Despite pressure from teachers to remain in full time education, Brad knew he wanted to work in engineering and applied for various schemes in his local area. He excelled during the recruitment process and has since gone on to complete a BTEC Level 3 qualification and is now working towards a

He excelled during the recruitment process and has since gone on to complete a BTEC Level 3 qualification and is now working towards a BEnd honours degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship

“I decided I wanted to do an apprenticeship because it has the benefits of getting experience, getting paid and achieving relevant qualifications. I wanted to work for BAE Systems because it is a recognised and successful company with lots of career opportunities,” said Brad.

Brad diagnoses and repairs faults on machinery across the site and has been responsible for making significant savings by introducing a new automated lighting system. Aside from his daily job, Brad also taken on an ambassador role; promoting apprenticeships and careers in engineering in schools and at various events.