Tom Flight, Toolmaker apprentice, Brandauer
My apprenticeship combines manufacturing, maintenance and design. Working in the toolroom, I take tools apart, inspect for wear and tear, maintain and replace parts and much more. I also spend time in the drawing office where tools are designed. My apprenticeship offers the opportunity to try different roles.
The key skill revolves around problem-solving. I also need to manage repetitive tasks to ensure these are done as quickly and safely as possible.
I enjoyed science, particularly the practical experiments and took ‘A’ levels in maths, physics and chemistry. After a semester at University, studying computer games design, I decided that the learning style did not suit me and decided to leave.
After leaving university, on advice from my grandfather and based on his experience, I chose an apprenticeship, taking up the offer from Brandauer in 2014. I started as full-time trainee in a training centre to learn the foundation skills for engineering. Having completed the first year, I now work fully at Brandauer with a weekly day-release session at the training centre to complete my level 3 NVQ.