Software Degree Apprentice Avionics
PROGRAM YOUR FUTURE
We’re providing the flight simulators to train pilots how to fly the A400M, which is a militarised Airbus 400. This is the largest project running in Training and Simulation today and I‘ve had the pleasure of being involved in developing the new software solutions we need. What was most exciting and rewarding was visiting the customer site. I got to see the entire working simulator with my software on it. This was my first experience of learning how to program; it was a privilege to work on something that really matters to our customers.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
I’ve been given an incredible opportunity on the degree apprenticeship scheme. This should mean I get a BSc degree at the end of it. Plus, I’ll have had four years’ work experience which means I’ll be fast tracked towards Chartership status. The business has invested hugely in my development as a software engineer. The rotations I experienced throughout the apprenticeship gave me maximum exposure to Training and Simulation.
A REWARDING EXPERIENCE
It’s been an extremely eventful in just a year. I’ve contributed to various projects within Thales Training and Simulation to develop software solutions. Representing Thales at the Birmingham Big Bang Fair was another highlight, as was attending the House of Lords for the Apprenticeships 2020 Delivery. In addition, I’ve taken on responsibility for running the Work Experience programme on the Crawley site which is now being used to support the Prince’s Trust.
FAST-TRACK TO SUCCESS
When I first came into Thales, I had just enough programming experience to jump straight into real-life tasks. However, I knew that if I was going to be a successful and efficient software engineer I would have to learn fast. My mentor made the most of my motivation to do so by setting me a steep learning curve. The success of this is reflected in the fact that, within weeks of starting at Thales, I was contributing my software to projects.