Nandipha Moyo

Nandipha Moyo, machining apprentice at Boeing Sheffield

Q: Why did an apprenticeship appeal to you?

A: After completing a BTEC level 2 course in engineering I found that the course structure, which balances theory and practical work, was the easiest and most effective way for me to learn as I was able to gain knowledge and apply it at the same time.

Q: What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

A: There is exposure to a range of people from all different backgrounds and walks of life as it is an opportunity that is open to everyone. You are also able to gain knowledge and work experience at the same time, which is very beneficial for learning and other jobs that may be of interest in the future.

Q: Who inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

A: I had always had an eye for engineering as I enjoyed making things from whatever I could find, however my engineering teacher from secondary school gave me the final push I needed to pursue a career in engineering and to do an apprenticeship as he had always encouraged me to try new things.

Q: How will your apprenticeship give you the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career?

A: I’ve gained many job-specific and general skills which will help me progress in my job and develop overall as a person. Being able to develop skills such as financial literacy, time management and social skills has and will continue to allow me to work effectively and take part in different events to further develop my skills and knowledge.

Q: What is the most challenging part of an apprenticeship?

A: Balancing a job, college work and a social life is a very challenging part of an apprenticeship as it requires lots of prioritising and time management, however there is a lot of support from your employer and education provider to help support.

Q: What tips and/or advice would you give to other people looking to do an apprenticeship?

A: When looking for an apprenticeship, know what level of education you’re looking for and the requirements. It's an easy way to plan out your career path by having a rough idea of where to start and where you want to be. Don’t feel as though you’re stuck with your choice as there are many career paths and job opportunities that can stem from your apprenticeship.

Q: What has been the best part about doing an apprenticeship at Boeing Sheffield?

A: Working at the Boeing Sheffield site has been really exciting from the start. I've gained lots of valuable experience which has helped me progress in my apprenticeship and met amazing people who have made my time as an apprentice really enjoyable. My experience at Boeing Sheffield has been a real highlight at the start of my career.