Broadcasting the benefits of apprenticeships
Digital BBC apprentice Tobi Ajala answers some questions on apprenticeships and discusses her experiences as an apprentice broadcast engineer.
Why did you want to become an engineer?
I have a genuine interest in technology and solving problems. Before joining the BBC Apprenticeship scheme I worked in an Apple store diagnosing issues and faults with consumer technology and then fixing them.
How has an apprenticeship helped you?
I am an apprentice broadcast engineer on a three year programme studying for a Broadcast Engineering BEng degree. I combine university study with different work placements at the BBC, in production houses and in broadcast transmitter companies receiving training directly from engineers currently within the role. Broadcasting has exposed me to a new sector of engineering that still maintains the core principles of maths and physics.
What are the best and most difficult things about being an apprentice?
Like any new experience there are challenges but the final reward is great. The university work can be tough because of the volume of information you have to deal with, but you are surrounded by other people on the scheme who become great friends and can help you because you are all going through the same thing. We all know it is important to be able to apply the education in a real-time working environment. Travelling to different locations is fun.
What are your career prospects after completing your apprenticeship?
My goal is to graduate from university with higher honours having gained knowledge and experience. I hope to progress and succeed within a wide range of engineering sectors. It is great that organisations such as the BBC are giving young people the opportunity to become engineers.