Bailey won the ‘MGTS Advanced Apprentice Graduate Award 2022’ and was selected as one of 19 finalists, out of 22,000 from across the country for the recent GTA England Apprenticeship Awards.

We think she is an inspiration to anyone considering an engineering apprenticeship. Here Bailey tells us a little about her experience.

“I completed one year at Sixth Form and decided I needed a change from classroom learning. An apprenticeship with hands-on learning was far more appealing, so I applied to MGTS and secured a Manufacturing Apprentice position with Amtico.

At first I did stress about the academic side, not knowing if I was smart enough or good enough but the support from MGTS tutors and my fellow apprentices helped immensely. Having previously struggled with Maths I knew that the BTEC element would be difficult, but I persevered and challenged myself to complete a HNC in Engineering, which I passed with a Distinction in Maths.

My apprenticeship has taught me many skills including time-management and organisation, but the main area of improvement has been communication. By gaining experience in many different departments at Amtico (Health & Safety, CAD, Quality, Manufacturing, Despatch, Engineering, Logistics) I have been able to develop both my verbal communication skills and report writing. These skills have transferred to my personal life. Alongside training young female footballers, I write Match Reports after every football game I take part in for Rugby Borough Women’s team, which are published in the local paper.

Taking on this apprenticeship has been the best decision I have made so far in my life. I am now career driven with goals and ambitions set for the future. I am a full-time Engineering Project Technician, a part of the Engineering Council and an Engineering Technician member of the IET.

I would like to say thank you to MGTS and Amtico for the support they have provided to get me to where I am today.”

Congratulations on your achievements Bailey!