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What is it like to complete work experience?

Meet one of our Advanced Manufacturing Engineering students, Ellen Winter. As part of her studies, Ellen had the opportunity to complete work experience with composite structures and assembly service providers, Marshall Advanced Composites.

We encourage our students to consider work experience as this is a valuable aspect of the curriculum. Work experience also provides businesses with the opportunity to meet the next generation of workforce.

With a whole career ahead of her, Ellen chose to spend her work experience with Marshall because of her true passion for Engineering, desire to learn more about what they do and what careers she could pursue with the company.

Ellen said: “The work at Marshall was so interesting - I wanted to learn more about their projects. I felt the experience broadened my awareness of the various roles in engineering and helped me to understand my options. I could definitely see myself working at Marshall”.

Ellen, 18 from North Yorkshire, is currently studying a BTEC in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Ellen has a creative talent and loves to build things; she enjoys working with numbers and knowing how things work which lead her to studying Engineering. The course covers a range of modules, everything from Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Design to Mechanical principles and electrical devices.

In her own time, Ellen enjoys spending time outdoors, competitive show jumping and travelling to experience different cultures. As a Formula 1 enthusiast with a need for speed, Ellen is going to Abu Dhabi this year to watch F1!

During her work experience with Marshall, Ellen had a rotation around the departments at Kirkbymoorside including shop floor and office-based work. The range of work focused on continuous improvement projects in the Engineering environment as well as some time with the manufacturing team.

Rachael Roddis, HR Business Partner at Advanced Composites has been working closely with local schools and colleges to build awareness of the work they do in Kirkbymoorside and raise interest in career opportunities.

Rachael said: “I’m keen to work with the community and help to inspire the next generation with the great opportunities at Marshall. I have really enjoyed being a part of Ellen’s experience and I believe it has had a positive impact on her future. We look forward to welcoming more people into the business in the future!”.

A great example of Marshall working with the community, helping to build an extraordinary future for the next generation and inspiring careers in STEM.

For more information on our BTEC in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering course, click here.

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