Building Services and Sustainable Engineering graduate, Kyle Davies, decided to take a place on the degree apprenticeship programme at the University of Central Lancashire after learning about its ability to give students both industry experience and qualifications, including IEng ACIBSE.
This, alongside a cost reduction to his employer, made it the ideal platform for career development in engineering and other practical subjects, as well as gaining valuable work experience.
Whilst studying, Kyle split his time between working a four-day week at Manchester’s CBRE Ltd and one day spent at UCLan’s Preston Campus, where he undertook his academic learning combined with access to engineering equipment such as hydraulic and refrigerant rigs.
A highlight of Kyle’s experience at UCLan was the optional trips to Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong and Orlando which were available to all students on the degree and apprenticeship courses. During these trips, Kyle gained a unique insight into large scale engineering services across the world, along with some leisure time for sightseeing. He believes the experience of visiting these destinations has been beneficial to his growth and future employability.
Looking to the future after graduating, Kyle was already employed within the industry but plans to use his enhanced experience and new qualifications to progress further in his chosen field. When asked whether he would recommend the degree apprenticeship route, Kyle said:
"I would recommend a degree apprenticeship over full-time study in any practical subject. Working in the associated field and gaining real-life experience is extremely valuable to both your development and employers"