Matthew, Modern Apprentice Maintenance Engineer, NHS Grampian

Matthew works as a maintence engineer at NHS Grampian. He started his career in the health service by completing a Modern Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. The programme took Matthew three and a half years to complete.

My name is Matthew. I work for NHS Grampian at the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen. I work as a maintenance engineer.

I got into the position by training as a mechanical engineer through an apprenticeship with NHS Grampian and that's taken me around three and a half years to complete. I found out about the opportunities, as I did work experience here. I trialled some time with all the different trades within the department. I specifically enjoyed the engineering side, so I applied for the apprenticeship with them.

By doing the Modern Apprenticeship, I've been able to build good mechanical engineering knowledge and I'm able to work by myself safely. It's really helped me develop confidence in myself over the past three and a half years.

A typical day in my life, it can vary depending on what comes in. So, one day we could be working on a heating system that's not working, or it could be a domestic water system. It could be fixing dishwashers, sluice devices, and we've also got industrial equipment to maintain over in the laundry department and the energy centre.

When I was doing my apprenticeship we had both the SVQ to complete and HNC studies, so I felt that if I was able to put aside some time every week and just work towards it, it really helped. I was then able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice at work.

Before I started with NHS Grampian as an apprentice, I wasn't aware of the scale of jobs that had to be completed here by the engineering department. So, there's a huge range of tasks that need to be done, which vary from heating and domestic water systems all the way to our industrial scale equipment. Within my current position as a maintenance engineer, I would like to continue and develop my hands on ability and become more confident. I'd also like to think at some point I'll be able to develop my my education and carry on with my my theoretical knowledge.

Anyone that's considering an apprenticeship, I would definitely recommend the NHS as a good option. Here at NHS Grampian, we have apprentices in electrical and mechanical engineering, so you'll see a huge variety of jobs between your medical equipment, your usual domestic systems, and your industrial equipment.


How did you find out about the Modern Apprenticeship opportunity?

I found out about the opportunities, as I did work experience here. I trialled some time with all the different trades within the department. I specifically enjoyed the engineering side, so I applied for the apprenticeship with them.

How as the Modern Apprenticeship helped you towards your career goals?

By doing the Modern Apprenticeship, I've been able to build good mechanical engineering knowledge and I'm able to work by myself safely. It's really helped me develop confidence in myself over the past three and a half years.

Describe a typical day at work.

A typical day in my life, it can vary depending on what comes in. So, one day we could be working on a heating system that's not working, or it could be a domestic water system. It could be fixing dishwashers, sluice devices, and we've also got industrial equipment to maintain over in the laundry department and the energy centre.

How did you organise your time between work and study?

When I was doing my apprenticeship we had both the SVQ to complete and HNC studies, so I felt that if I was able to put aside some time every week and just work towards it, it really helped. I was then able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice at work.

Is there anything you wish you knew about the Modern Apprenticeship programme before your started?

Before I started with NHS Grampian as an apprentice, I wasn't aware of the scale of jobs that had to be completed here by the engineering department. So, there's a huge range of tasks that need to be done, which vary from heating and domestic water systems all the way to our industrial scale equipment.

What are your future career goals?

Within my current position as a maintenance engineer, I would like to continue and develop my hands on ability and become more confident. I'd also like to think at some point I'll be able to develop my my education and carry on with my my theoretical knowledge.

What advice would you give others thinking about applying to do a Modern Apprenticeship in the NHS?

Anyone that's considering an apprenticeship, I would definitely recommend the NHS as a good option. Here at NHS Grampian, we have apprentices in electrical and mechanical engineering, so you'll see a huge variety of jobs between your medical equipment, your usual domestic systems, and your industrial equipment.