“Having experienced first-hand how much an apprenticeship has helped me start my career, and the range of opportunities available in Engineering, I’ve become an ambassador for the sector.”
Laura Myatt, Project Analyst
Studied Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering, at Perkins Engines Company Limited
While her friends chose to study hairdressing and childcare after school, Laura was not afraid to stand out from the crowd and knew a career in engineering was her calling. She initially enrolled onto A-level courses but found that these didn’t offer her the practical industry experience she desired, and soon after she was snapped up as an apprentice by Perkins Engines Company Limited who recognised her talents.
“I was keen to learn more hands-on skills and start earning a wage, so an apprenticeship seemed very appealing. It’s definitely been a good career move as from day one I hit the ground running and felt really valued as an employee. After proving myself I was given the responsibility of running a project which involved the development and manufacture of a new gas engine. I’ve since worked on many more high value international projects which have saved the company a lot of money.
“My aim is to specialise in new product introduction as the prospect of helping to turn ideas, which will have a positive impact on companies around the world, in to a reality, really excites and motivates me.”
“Having experienced first-hand how much an apprenticeship has helped me start my career, and the range of opportunities available in Engineering, I’ve become an ambassador for the sector and regularly attend local and national events to help inspire more young females to consider apprenticeship careers in engineering.”
Having built her up skills and experience, Laura applied for another role and is now a Project Analyst for the company.
Mark Stones, Training & Apprentice Coordinator, Perkins Engines Stafford Limited, added, ” Laura has and continues to be an asset to the business. Her drive and ambition to succeed is an inspiration to both her peers and work colleagues alike, while her problem solving skills and abilities have given business leaders the confidence to task her with leading high level projects. As Laura has achieved so much in the two years she has worked for the business, it is easy to forget that she is still only 18.”