Max Nickson, 17, is a Business Administration Apprentice at electrical engineering company Athena PTS.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Max tells us why he chose an apprenticeship and the benefits of being in the workplace.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
In my opinion, it was the best pathway for career progression.
What is the best thing about an apprenticeship?
Being paid while my college education is funded by Athena PTS. I also enjoy finally being in the workplace and losing the mundane experience of day-to-day school life – I have more freedom, flexibility and I’m treated like an adult.
What skills have you learned or developed?
I have learnt professional etiquette when communicating with internal and external customers. I have learnt how to apply my qualifications and theoretical knowledge of subjects into practical projects and tasks during my time at Athena PTS, including ICT, computer science, maths and English.
What is your career goal?
I wish to stay with Athena PTS and forge a career with the company. Opportunities could range from electrical and project management to QHSE/HR management. I am flexible in my career goals and wish to explore different aspects of the company.
What are some of the most common misconceptions about apprenticeships and what would you say to challenge these stereotypes?
The apprentice starting wage can appear low and this stereotype was one of the main reasons I was cautious when choosing this career path. I did not want to be in a position where I would struggle to pay for the upkeep of my car and other day-to-day costs of living. However, after a few months of being an apprentice, I have found that I have had money to spare at the end of each month and have even been able to start saving.