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Mathew Meechan

Monday 6th of March 2017

Mathew MeechanHi, my name is Mathew Meechan and I am an Electrical and Mechanical ICAT Engineering Apprentice with Scottish Water. I started my role as an apprentice in late August of 2016.

Currently I attend both practical training at a training centre and theory training at a college full time.

Before Christmas, I was mainly based at the training centre which meant I was in the workshop every day, learning how to do tasks such as stripping back gearboxes/motors, building electrical circuits and using mechanical lathes. This means that once I qualify I can work on several different pieces of kit.

For the next part of my training I am at college, learning the theory to support my role. For example, right now I’m learning about Electrical Principles. 

At college I’m currently working towards my NC in Electrical Engineering and hope to complete this by May when I can then start to work towards my HNC.

One of the great aspects of my role is that I have met lots of new friends through my job. At my college all the E&M apprentices from Scottish Water work here at the same time, so you’re always around familiar faces. Being at college also allows me to meet lots of new people from other companies who I would not have met if I didn’t go to college.

As part of my apprenticeship I have also learned how important safety is in the workplace; we get extensive training in this area as it is vital due to the nature of our roles. 

I’ve also learned the importance of communication and teamwork. Not only does this ensure we can carry out tasks more efficiently, it improves our relationships with people across the business.

If I was to give advice to anyone looking to apply for a an apprenticeship, I would say that you should always show a willingness to learn and should always be enthusiastic about the area that you are interested in. If you can show the employer that you are keen and want to learn then it’s a step in the right direction. 

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