Ellie Weddell chose an Engineering apprenticeship with ATG Training for Martin Baker, a company that makes ejector seats for military planes all over the world
Ellie works in the fitting shop at Martin Baker, assembling smaller components that subsequently go on to be fitted to ejector seats.
“I’m doing a mechanical engineering apprenticeship which takes four years to complete. I started off doing things like hand-fitting and hand-machining and now we’ve moved onto various types of mechanical machining, like turning and milling.”
This is just the start of Ellie’s career and she will be going on to undertake more challenging tasks as she gains knowledge and qualifications.
Ellie said: “I decided on an apprenticeship because I think it is a really good opportunity and it allows me to not only get qualifications, but also gain practical experience. It sets me on a career path from a young age, whereas doing A-levels would mean not starting practical work until I was in my twenties. There are also the obvious benefits of earning while learning.”
“After the four-year programme is complete, I aim to take on a more responsible role within Martin Baker—it’s a really good company to work for. It operates in a field of engineering that saves lives and is world-renowned for the quality of its output. I’m excited to have the opportunity that working here provides and find the work I’m doing under the guidance of my training officer from ATG and my apprenticeship manager at Martin Baker to be both challenging and interesting.”