• Case Study

What our trainees say

Kerrie-Jo O'Flynn is a first-year apprentice with Oxford Space Systems and is being trained at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills.

Why did you opt for an apprenticeship?

I opted for an apprenticeship as it was the best way to gain a good education while earning money. I also loved the whole idea of combining space research and engineering, which was why I was so fortunate to find this apprenticeship. I have full support from my company, which supports me through my training and gets me involved with company meetings and projects. Learning the context and actually bringing it into use is better than just learning the theoretical side like you would do with standard education.

Describe your apprenticeship at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills:

Mondays are our theory days – this involves Maths, Mechanical Principles, Electronics and Health and Safety. In all these subjects, we are taught all the useful equations and the theoretical side of our engineering course that we put into use when we do practical work. Tuesday are consolidation days – this involves projects from our companies and support with the education we are gaining. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are our practical days where we do Mechanical Skills (such as filing assembly pieces and working with machinery) and Control & Instrumentation (such as soldering circuits and programming robots).

Why did you choose a career in engineering?

I always wanted a job in engineering from a young age. It started off with my Dad and I doing jigsaws with one another when I was a child and then we brought the theory, of joining jigsaws together, to car engines. When I started secondary school, we started learning about space and the engineering jobs involved within this area. That’s when I knew I wanted to work with space and engineering.

What are your ambitions for the future?

My ambitions for the future are to work full time with Oxford Space Systems and gain more knowledge within the company. I want to widen my skills with designing, precision engineering, managing skills and any other skills within the company. I also hope to go on to further education with the support of my company.