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EVA MACKIE - EGGER (UK) Limited, Barony Plant Eva was a dental nurse for four years before becoming an Environmental Laboratory Technician Apprentice with EGGER (UK) Limited at the Barony plant in Auchinleck. Eva, 22, said “I just fancied a total change. I was bored, I didn’t like my job anymore and when I saw this opportunity I thought ‘I like the sound of that’. “After my first day here, I remember going home and thinking to myself ‘oh no, what have I done?' From the second day onwards, however, that completely changed. I’ve learned so much and would definitely COLIN MCEWAN - Woodward Aircraft Engine Systems Colin is in the first year of an apprenticeship with Woodward Aircraft Engine Systems, based in Prestwick. Colin said “I’m a hands-on kind of person and was always interested in going down the engineering route. I found out about Woodward through a school visit at Ardrossan Academy in fourth year. I kept in contact and asked if I could arrange some work experience, which I did a few months later. “ recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.” The company has a well- developed apprenticeship scheme, and recruits mechanical and electrical apprentices annually. However, this is the first time they have employed a laboratory apprentice. Eva said “Everyone on the site knows that I’m the first apprentice in the lab, so they always go out of their way to help me. I can ask anybody anything. I see this as a long-term career with a stable and sustainable company. There are plenty of opportunities to develop, gain extra training and progress my career.” “The week’s work experience was really useful as I received a lot of feedback. The best advice I received about how to get into the engineering industry was to do the Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) course at Ayrshire College. Just as I was about to finish the PEO course, I contacted Woodward. As it turned out, I got a trial, then got started as an assembly apprentice. “I would definitely like to stay at Woodward once I complete my apprenticeship and learn as much as I can. It’s a fairly small company and I’d like to try to develop my skills here.” The best advice I received about how to get into the engineering industry was to do the PEO course at Ayrshire College. COLIN MCEWAN - WOODWARD AIRCRAFT ENGINE SYSTEMS 28 ” THE STUDENT VOICE SPRING/SUMMER 2017