Apprenticeship put me on par with graduate engineers
From nightclub manager to submarine engineer doesn’t sound the most likely career trajectory. But for former Babcock technical apprentice turned engineer Antony Rose, the mix of skills picked up via the dancefloor and the machine shop has proved the perfect platform for advancement.
A keen model engineer from an early age, Rose, 28, took the decision to quit a degree in robotics at UWE (University of the West of England) after realising he wanted a more hands-on role.
Finding himself at a career crossroads and with no clear plans, he took a job as a nightclub manager, where he learned to both manage a team and deal with “the occasional irrational customer”.
Although the traditional way to a career as an engineer is via a university course, good apprenticeships have many advantages
After 12 months of long hours and late nights, though, the lack of progression had taken its toll and Rose began to miss his first passion – building engines.
Lacking a degree meant Rose was unable to join Babcock’s graduate programme but he was accepted on a four-year technical apprenticeship scheme.
After spending his first year in the machine shop, he gained further experience in other departments, opening his eyes to potential roles within the firm. “Although the traditional way to a career as an engineer is via a university course, good apprenticeships have many advantages,” he says.
“No apprentice can avoid the practical, hands-on side of the industry and, in my experience, getting your hands dirty on a regular basis can be invaluable as you start to make your way up.”
Aside from wrestling with complex machinery, Rose attended college on day release and successfully completed an HNC in mechanical engineering.
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