Sophia Lock LTI Apprentice
Sophia Lock now 23 years old is an Advanced Apprentice at London Taxi International (LTI) where she is working towards her Higher National Certificate (HNC) in engineering. Sophia attended Stoke Park School in Coventry and decided at the end of year 11 to remain at school to complete a 1 year GNVQ Advanced Course in Engineering. During this year she attended MGTS working on a variety of projects including the manufacture of a tool box, a lantern and many other tools and test pieces.
Sophia had enthusiasm, a general interest in engineering and was keen to learn. She had always had a keen interest in engineering. As a young girl she was always in her Father''s workshop helping wherever she could and pulling things apart and rebuilding them again. She continued her enthusiasm for engineering throughout her school years whilst successfully attaining 9 GCSEs. As a result of hard work and determination Sophia completed the GNVQ and applied to MGTS for an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship.
During her interview at LTI she was able to demonstrate her capability that would lead to her being offered a position as an Advanced Apprentice in the manufacture engineering department. Sophia''''s first year was based at MGTS where she successfully completed Performing Engineering Operations at Level 2 BTEC National Certificate Key Skills Level 2. Sophia ended her first year winning the mechanical engineering apprentice of the year award. Sophia''''s grades showed true commitment and potential as she achieved an incredible 7 distinctions, 2 merits and 2 passes. On completion of the BTEC National Certificate she continue onto a further training programme where she now attends Trident College in Leamington on day release.
The Higher National Certificate (HNC) programme runs for 2 years and on successful completion Sophia will be sponsored by her organisation to go to university for a further 2 years; attending two nights per week where she hopes to get a degree. Sophia''''s long term goal is to become a training instructor in Engineering as she would like to encourage more people coming into the industry to reach their full potential. She has already been supporting young people in schools and has participated in a variety of projects both in schools and at MGTS to encourage young people into the field of engineering.
Sophia says "an Apprenticeship gives you the best of both worlds. Not only do you receive the best hands on training but you get paid to do it. It is a really challenging career where you get to meet lots of interesting people whilst sampling lots of areas to work in. I would be happy to recommend a career in engineering and certainly an Apprenticeship has been key to the success I have achieved so far".