Antony: engineering apprentice
Meet Antony, one of our engineering apprentices
This apprenticeship is better than any other I know about; some people get funny with apprentices, and don’t give them a chance. But here - under supervision, obviously - everyone is more than happy for you to get stuck in.
I’m in my second year of the four so far - everyone’s first year is in college, so I’m happy to be out and about working in different areas of the airport. Most people here were apprentices, so they know exactly what you’re doing and what you’re going through - and nothing is a stupid question. There’s never a dull moment - after all, you’re working in an airport which is 24/7.
Since this year has started, I’ve worked in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and Airfield Engineering. Being hands-on isn’t as much of a steep learning curve as I thought it would be. I worked on-site for three years before the apprenticeship, so the experience isn’t unfamiliar to me. Going to college was a lot of theory that I’d not really done before, such as electronics, which is all black magic really! Being outside and in the mix at Gatwick is where it all starts to click.
Because every department is doing something different, there’s always a chance to learn something new - and you see how each of the sections of engineering work.
Because every department is doing something different, there’s always a chance to learn something new - and you see how each of the sections of engineering work harmoniously to keep the airport running smoothly. There’s no better way to learn than being right in the heart of it.
After the four years, you get told where there are vacancies within engineering and you apply like it’s a normal job. Most of the people you meet will be those you’ve already worked with along the way. I can’t wait to see what happens next!"
Anthony is in his second year of his four-year engineering apprenticeship at Gatwick - and the first out of college, where he gets to be really hands-on. And as you can see, he’s loving every minute of it!
Antony is now in his fourth year of the apprenticeship, so he has even more experience under his belt!