Amelia Moore

Degree Apprenticeship Level 6 in Plant Engineering

Amelia Moore
Image: Sellafield Ltd

Where do you work?

I’m studying for a degree via my training provider Gen2 while being employed at Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for safely delivering the UK’s decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities.

I’m currently in the second year of my apprenticeship and after my third year will gain a foundation degree in plant engineering. After that, a two-year topup will result in a BEng (Hons) in plant engineering.

Why did you choose this apprenticeship?

I applied for both this apprenticeship and a project management apprenticeship and received offers for both. I spoke to my parents and also my friends and teachers to help me decide which scheme would be best for me. In the end, I chose the technical specialist training apprenticeship. It meant I could get a degree and at the same time have a job and gain real corporate experience.

What qualifications did you have?

When I applied for the apprenticeship I had good GCSE results and A-levels, which included physics.

How has the apprenticeship benefitted you?

It’s developed my maths and science skills and knowledge, and there was a useful bridging course that covered some subjects I hadn’t studied at A-level, such as chemistry.

I’m currently on my second placement – first safety case and now criticality – and although my current contract is temporary I hope I’ll get a job here at the end of my apprenticeship. In any case, I’m confident it will help me get a good job.

What advice would you give someone thinking of an apprenticeship?

Speak to current apprentices to get a better understanding of the roles and jobs that may interest you. Also have a look at the progression opportunities for different apprenticeships and work out which one would take you to where you want to be in your career.

I found out about my apprenticeship by speaking to older friends who had also done the same scheme, and by talking to family and friends about different apprenticeships. One of my parents works at Sellafield and brought home brochures and leaflets about the different apprenticeship opportunities.

What are the challenges of working while studying?

Not only are you in full-time work, you also have assignments and tasks to complete and have to fit this around your working life. For example, I had to write up a 12,000-word task and revise for exams, and complete assignments and work. As a result, study and other assignments often have to be completed after coming home from work. On the plus side, most companies with apprentices are very understanding and flexible, so will allow you to take some time to complete the tasks during a working day.