Elevate was a short, fun introduction to apprenticeships with EDF, which involved both individual and team activities, where we developed our skills and learned about the industry.
The course had several group projects, such as the online treasure hunt where each step was a research task about HPC, and the incredibly fun Dragons’ Den project, where we had to create a product which could benefit the construction or running of HPC. Considering that we were online, and far more isolated than a typical group, there was an amazing amount of teamwork – we all worked well together, and supported each other’s thoughts and ideas.
The course also had some individual projects, such as when we learned about the different forms of interviews and how to tackle all sorts of situations. We even had a mock phone interview with Cora Heal (who works for Young HPC and was incredibly friendly).
But most significantly (at least for me!) was we got to talk to important people, such as those working at HPC, and those who are currently doing an apprenticeship at HPC. Both people were very open to our questions, and gave detailed answers to all kinds of queries.
Now that the course is complete, I feel like I know much more about apprenticeships, particularly degree apprenticeships, which I wasn’t really considering prior to this, but now I’m more familiar with the upsides to it! In conclusion, I think it was a fun, highly informative, involved course. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a career in the nuclear industry, or even engineering in general.