For International Women in Engineering Day 2023, we caught up with Olivia, a second year Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at British Engines Group company CMP, to find out about her engineering journey…
Tell us about your role as an apprentice?
As a second year apprentice, I’m currently working on the Mazak Dual Turn machine. It’s my job to set the machine, set the gantry and write programmes. At CMP we manufacture cable cleats and cable glands, and my job it to make them!
Why did you apply for the British Engines Apprenticeship Scheme?
The apprenticeship was suggested to me by a family friend. I was originally at university studying Maths, but I didn’t really enjoy the academic side.
An apprenticeship is a lot more hands on and practical, which I've found benefits me more.
What do you want to do after you complete your apprenticeship?
After my apprenticeship I’d like to complete a HNC and possibly study a HND. Following that, I would like to move into the production office and work my way up.
What is the best part of your apprenticeship?
I think the best part is that you are actively learning all of the time. There is always something to be doing and I’m constantly developing new skills.
How have you found being a woman on the shop floor?
It was quite daunting at first being a woman on the shop floor because we are outnumbered! But everyone is lovely and has made me feel really comfortable. I’m treated the same as everyone else, maybe even better sometimes!