Ernest Chamerski

14 February 2024

Meet Ernest, a Design Engineering Graduate Apprentice who splits his time between our Edinburgh site and the University of Strathclyde.

What is your current role?

I am a Design Engineering Graduate Apprentice currently in my second year of studies at the University of Strathclyde and undergoing rotational placements based in engineering functions throughout the business. 

What did you study at school?

At school, I studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science A-levels which I enjoyed and proved to me that I would like to go into a STEM role. After finishing my A-levels, I went on to study a Mechanical and Electronics Engineering HNC at college, which made me understand that Engineering is the right pathway for me. 

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship as I thought it would be the best use of my time; I am able to complete my studies to earn a degree, develop my education and skills, as well as learn about how an engineering business works in the real world and be able to apply the theory learnt to real life principles. In addition, the benefit of not having to worry about the financial side of being a student really puts my mind at ease, and allows me to concentrate on my studies and enjoy my free time. 

What does a typical week look like?

A typical week consists of my time being split between work and university. For the first half of the week, I head to Leonardo’s Edinburgh site where I aid in the design or production support of our products. My tasks and responsibilities change regularly, as I move onto a new rotational placement every few months where I learn how a new part of the business works and what a typical role in that department looks like. The last two days of the week are my protected study time, where I am working towards a degree in Design & Manufacture Engineering.  

What do you get up to outside of work?

Outside of work, I am a member of the IMechE Edinburgh Young Members' Panel Committee where alongside other young professionals and students we plan and organise events for people with similar experiences to meet, network and find out more about the industry they're in or studying to be in. In my spare time, I like to play around with 3D printing; this develops my knowledge and experience of how to design parts for manufacture as well as developing my creativity by creating something from scratch. 

What are your aspirations for the future?

My aspirations are to continue my studies and apprenticeship progress to the best of my abilities while gaining knowledge and experience that will allow me to become a proficient engineer in the future. Upon completing the apprenticeship, I would like to be in a role where I will be able to continue my professional development and progress to a senior role with more responsibilities. 

Would you recommend an apprenticeship, and why?

In my opinion, it is an excellent way to start your career and anyone who has the opportunity to embark on an apprenticeship journey should consider it. An additional benefit of being in a work environment, especially in an industry that interests you, is that it allows you to see much more behind the scenes of how the industry works and the people who work together to make it happen. You begin to appreciate the different roles people have and develop your communication skills to become a much better team member; it also makes you more aware of what the priorities are and how to apply yourself in a professional circumstance. 

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