Meet Andrew: ITL’s new Engineering Apprentice
Andrew Dean was a stand-out student at Dane Court Grammar school who caught the eye of our CEO at the Kent Bright Spark Awards. He has just started an apprenticeship with ITL, initially within manufacturing which will eventually lead to a career in Systems Engineering in the R&D team.
We asked Andrew a few questions to find out more about how he got here and what he is going to be doing:
1. How did you find out about ITL?
I found out about ITL from when they visited my school (Dane Court Grammar) at a jobs awareness day called Global Village that they run.
I also was also part of a team that entered the Kent Bright Spark Awards and Tom Cole, ITL’s CEO, was on the panel of judges there.
They had sponsored the awards and afterwards he spoke to me about apprenticeships. It all came about from there basically.
2. What was it that made you want to work here?
I liked the sort of projects that ITL works on. Developing technologies like medical devices that improve people’s lives sits well with me.
ITL is very interesting because they work on a diverse range of projects so I won’t be working on the same products all the time. It’s just really exciting the number of projects that go through here.
3. How did you get your job at ITL?
It was offered to me by Tom; he sent an email to my Dad who was my teacher at the time after the Bright Spark Awards saying he wanted to interview me for an apprenticeship. I kind of landed on my feet!
4. Can you tell us a little bit about what you are going to be studying as part of your apprenticeship?
I’m going to be studying a part-time degree at the University of Greenwich in Engineering for Intelligent Systems.
It is quite a new course which looks at emerging technologies such as Google glass, robotics and wearables from a systems perspective, encompassing all of the Engineering disciplines.
It will be a 6 year course with two modules a year and I will be at University one day a week to complete my studies.
5. What does the future at ITL look like for you?
I will eventually be working in the R&D department and after my degree I would like to work within systems, that’s what makes me tick.
I like solving problems like how to get a project off the ground and how the various disciplines work together to create a functioning product at the end of the day that clients then sell on.
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