Toby’s story: what’s it really like to be a Rail Engineering Design Technician Apprentice?

Toby didn’t want to go to sixth form or college. As an apprentice he’s been learning how to draw 3D designs from scratch! See why getting into the workplace early felt like the right move for Toby.

Choosing where to go next after finishing school? Interested in an engineering career? Perhaps an apprenticeship might be for you! Plotr caught up with Toby Harvey to find out more about his role at UKPNS.

Tell us about your job…

My role as a rail engineering design technician apprentice involves learning about the different techniques and methods used to design infrastructure, systems and equipment for use by rail transport systems and more.

Tell us about your best moment…

I enjoy it all! The best thing for me is learning new things every week without fail!

The biggest challenge I’ve faced is…

For me, the biggest challenge was learning how to draw on a computer aided programme in 3D. I overcame this by trying my hardest and asking my colleagues for guidance

What did you want to be when you were younger?

  1. Footballer
  2. Police Officer
  3. Royal Marine

How did you get into doing this as your job?

When I left school, my aim was not to be dragged along with everyone else to college and sixth form, as it wasn’t for me. I wanted to be different and independent.

I am very happy that I got my apprenticeship because working from a young age has allowed me to get experience in a workplace and have a better understanding of what people want from me in a job. Also, being paid to learn is an excellent motivation because in the long run, the more you learn, the more you earn.

What advice would you give someone who wants to do your job?

If you have self-motivation and are willing to learn, this will give you a job for life as there’s something new every day that you didn’t know.

Any job hunting tips to share?

  1. Always ask your friends and family to read through your CV for grammar and spelling mistakes.
  2. When you get an interview, be confident, and do not lie.
  3. At the end of an interview, always have some questions to ask.
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