Ahmed Ghalib

15 February 2024
Electrical Engineering Degree Apprentice

Meet Ahmed, an Electrical Engineering Degree Apprentice at our Luton site.

What is your current role?

I’m an Electrical Engineering Degree Apprentice

What did you study at school?

I studied engineering BTEC along with A-level physics at Aston University Engineering Academy. Now on my apprenticeship, I am studying Electrical engineering at the University of Hertfordshire.

Why did you choose to join an apprenticeship scheme?

I thought that an apprenticeship would be demanding, but I knew the skills and networks I would have access to could surpass what I might achieve through traditional university education. The real-world experience of working onsite, alongside my time at the University of Hertfordshire, has enhanced my technical abilities and boosted my confidence in effectively communicating ideas. Enrolling in this apprenticeship has opened doors to a wider network of professionals, providing me with opportunities beyond what I initially imagined.

How have you found your apprenticeship so far?

Although it has been quite challenging to balance my new workload with a move across the country (I uprooted from Birmingham to Luton for the role), the experience has been incredibly rewarding. I find the challenge quite enjoyable, and the effort required is contributing significantly to my understanding and career development.

What do you get up to outside of your role?

Beyond my academic pursuits, I take part in various extracurricular activities at work. I am part of the charity committee, within which I have been involved in organising events like our Winter Ball. As a ‘social rep’, I have helped plan activities such as an Egg Drop Challenge and bowling trips, with other exciting events in the pipeline. Additionally, I have been an ambassador at a number of STEM events and school visits, and helped at the Luton Rampaging Chariots event.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I aspire to become a firmware engineer, aiming to elevate my career and enhance my capabilities within the aerospace industry. My goal is to continually improve and refine the work I contribute to this dynamic field. Looking ahead, I am considering pursuing a master's degree to delve even deeper into my specialisation, further honing my expertise.

Do you have any tips for someone thinking about applying for an apprenticeship at Leonardo?

The best piece of advice I’d give is to make yourself stand out. Many people excel in their studies and earn good grades, but not everyone takes the initiative to be unique. Gain practical experience; seek out small projects that contribute to your growth. Doing so will set you apart in interviews and make you a more appealing candidate to potential employers.

Our Apprenticeship Opportunities

Our Apprenticeship Opportunities

Our highly-regarded apprenticeship programmes – covering hardware and software engineering, business and cyber security – offer intensive training programme lasting 2-4 years, which results in apprentices graduating with a substantial depth of skills in their specialist area.