Philip - Clinical Engineering Technologist, NHS Tayside

My name is Philip and I'm a clinical engineering technologist in anaesthesia and critical care at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. I've been in this role for 18 months. I'm currently doing a Graduate Apprenticeship - Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control.

How did you first hear about Graduate Apprenticeships?

I heard about Graduate Apprenticeships through discussions with the operations manager for medical physics and the apprenticeship programmes lead at NHS Tayside.

Why did you decide to do this apprenticeship?

I left school to do a Modern Apprenticeship but still had in mind to go back to university to get a degree at some point. When I heard about the Graduate Apprenticeship opportunity, it sounded perfect. For further progression in my role, having a degree will be very useful.

What's it like?

I attend Forth Valley College on a Monday to cover any subjects that require college resources and then go to work as normal for the rest of the week. I try to keep things flexible and try to set aside a Friday afternoon to complete any work-based learning and speak to my mentor. I also set aside half an hour each evening for study. 

By doing a Graduate Apprenticeship, I can carry on doing my job and earning a wage, while studying towards a degree. It is a really good scheme as it combines both aspects, so the programme can still be completed in the same time frame as an undergraduate degree.

What do you wish you knew before you started your apprenticeship?

It would have been good to be able to speak to someone who had done the Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control Graduate Apprenticeship before. However, it's the first year that they have run this program.

What advice would you give to anyone who is thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?

It’s a brilliant opportunity, so just go for it.