APPRENTICE SOFTWARE DEGREE DEFENCE
LEARN SOMETHING USEFUL
I’d say the most important skill I’ve acquired at Thales is skill transferability. I’ve learnt how to use elements of different skills in a variety of situations and not just the original environment where I learnt that skill. I joined Thales as a Level 3 Rail Apprentice in the Transport business, and have carried these skills into my Level 6 Software Apprenticeship.
DEVELOP YOUR OWN WAY
I was given the opportunity to express how I wanted to develop and Thales has supported me in getting there. It’s a company that gives you the power to decide what you want to do. In my experience, they love that you want to develop yourself and grow. What’s more, they’ll do everything they can to facilitate it.
UNDERGROUND SUCESS STORY
One of my proudest moments was solving an issue on the London Underground. It was a Wednesday morning about 3:30am. I was pressed for time trying to fix a fault as the clock was ticking down to the first tubes of the morning. I was able to fix that fault and commuters were able to get to work. The feeling of knowing that you’re making such a big positive impact on so many people’s lives is very rewarding. The second key milestone was having my name on the recognition board to say thank you for all your hard work. It was a small moment but it’s a reminder that people are watching and noticing your work; it really makes you feel appreciated.
I was awarded the Transport Apprentice of the Year for my work with London Underground. I was also congratulated personally by the head of the business unit. My trophy still sits on my desk as a reminder that I’m appreciated.