Jack DouganFoundation Apprentice, Social Services Children and Young People
Tiegan was still at high school in Lochore, Fife when she applied to do a Foundation Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. It gave her the unique chance to try out a real job alongside her studies, and she discovered that she really enjoyed it.
She decided she wanted to continue working and learning in her chosen career path, so she progressed onto the higher-level Engineering Modern Apprenticeship with Babcock International.
Since she’d already gained skills and knowledge on her Foundation Apprenticeship, she found it much easier to progress.
For her Modern Apprenticeship, Tiegan attends classes at Fife College whilst working full time at Babcock’s 300-acre site in Rosyth.
So far, she’s had the chance to work on projects like HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier being built for the Royal Navy.
At first, she was nervous, being one of the only girls working on the site, but she found everyone to be supportive. She gets help when she needs it, and now she’s able to offer help too.
“I would definitely recommend a Modern Apprenticeship because you’re learning on the job. I’m a lot more confident in myself, and I have a lot more knowledge about mechanical engineering.”
As well as developing her skills and knowledge through her apprenticeship, Tiegan has built up her confidence and feels more independent.
Being able to work and go to college, she’s been doing driving lessons in her spare time and has saved up enough money to buy a car.
Tiegan’s apprenticeship will take between three and four years to complete. At the end, she’ll be a fully qualified engineer, and she’s keen to progress with Babcock.