ASK AN APPRENTICE: Caitlin Howells

We talked to Caitlin about her experiences as an apprentice at Capula, here's what she said:

How long have you been with Capula?

For 4 years, 3 of them as a shop floor apprentice and 1 year in my current role as a Junior Engineer.

What is your role and what do you like about it?

I work in the Energy department, working for National Grid framework. I’m proud to be part of a team that is currently upgrading legacy Substation Control Systems for National Grid.

What apprenticeship are you completing?

I am currently doing a Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship and completing my 2nd year HNC at college.

Why did you decide to become an engineer?

Since school I wanted to become a mental health nurse for the army however after visiting a skills fair, I ended up falling in love with the engineering side and went straight to Newcastle College and signed up for an engineering course.

How do you manage to balance your work / life / studies?

Sometimes not everything goes to plan, but I always aim to complete my coursework on the day of my college day release. This helps me keep track of where I am. It also allows me time to complete assessor work at the weekend. This is something I have always done and has helped me stay organised.

Have you struggled with anything and how have you overcome this?

When I first started in Energy, I struggled with the different style of working, as I was used to someone telling me exactly what to do. However, I now work for one person but if another job requires more resources, then I am asked to join. It is always interesting as each part of energy does something slightly different. I overcome the change by keeping a diary so I can keep track on what jobs I must do and when for.

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