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Aliyah Elva – Blog Post – Apprenticeship in Engineering

When Unilever announced they were taking on apprentices, Aliyah was quick to get her application submitted.

NITAL were then invited to be part of the recruitment process, all candidates needed to complete a practical assessment which involved putting together a pneumatic circuit, they had to do this by following instructions from a drawing.

After this, they needed to complete Engineering, Maths and English online assessments.

Following the recruitment process Aliyah was selected as one of the Apprentice Engineers at Unilever.

She started at the NITAL Training Centre in October and will be with us full time until December in order to develop her skills and knowledge within Engineering so she has hands on experience prior to starting with the company.

We wanted to know why Aliyah choose an Apprenticeship and in particular Engineering so we asked her the following questions:

How did you get into Engineering?

I have always been interested in how things work and making things. I also like to prove people wrong when they say something is broken by fixing it. So, going into engineering was an obvious choice for me.

Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?

I wasn’t interested in going to Uni but wanted to get a qualification by being more hands on and get work experience at the same time as with a lot of jobs you need prior work experience to get the job.

Why do you think there is a lack of females in Engineering?

Engineering is seen as a male dominated industry, so some women may feel intimidated, but also a lot of women would just prefer a different job and aren’t interested.

What do you think the benefits of an apprenticeship are?

You can learn, get a useful qualification and earn money at the same time. You don’t have to pay for the qualification and get real life work experience whilst you learn.


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