We caught up with our University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre apprentice alumni to find out about their apprenticeship highlights and where they are now.

Name: Connor Birch
Age: 25
Employer: Sheffield Precision
Job title: Quality Inspector
Apprenticeship pathway: Technical Support

When did you start your apprenticeship?

What’s your entrance song and why?
AC/DC - Thunderstruck 

Who would you choose to play you in a movie of your life?
Chris Pratt. My kind of stupid humour. 

What did you spend your first big paycheck on?
A four-day weekend in Amsterdam.

What was the highlight of your apprenticeship?
Receiving my new contract from my employer that had my new job title, salary and a congratulations upon finishing.

Tell us your AMRC Training Centre hero and why?
Mark Burdett. He was a teacher at my secondary school when I was younger. Coincidently he ended up teaching me again at the AMRC Training Centre. It was great to be tutored again in a more engineering-focused environment on topics that I was more interested in.

Tell us about a typical day at work?
My typical day at work involves making a determination on whether surgical tools and implants are manufactured correctly and acceptable for use in surgery. I also ensure that all company equipment and machinery is calibrated and performing as expected. 

Tell us how an apprenticeship kick-started your career?
Prior to doing my apprenticeship I was stuck in a job I hated with no progression or learning. I challenged myself to start over and learn new skills. So I did an apprenticeship for less money but with much more potential. The risk quickly paid off and in a year I was learning so much, earning more and most importantly, much happier. An apprenticeship gave me the skills and knowledge to start over and build myself a career I love.

What’s next for you?
I want to pursue a head of department/team leader position. I would also like to branch out into a quality assurance role and acquire these skills to compliment my inspection ones.