12 June 2014
Matthew Smith's aircraft engineering Modern
Apprenticeship has helped his career take off.
The 22-year-old is due to complete his four-year apprenticeship
with Spirit AeroSystems in Prestwick in June 2014.
Matthew's apprenticeship saw him work across the
businesses from fitting aircraft to maintenance, repair and
He said: "The apprenticeship at Spirit AeroSytems is one
of the best available. The company is really supportive.
"Your experience and knowledge builds up gradually in the
workplace - there's a huge benefit in working along side colleagues
with years of experience.
"I would definitely recommend a Modern Apprenticeship to
"You are getting everyone in one go; you are working and getting
paid, but gaining recognised qualifications at the same time.
"From my experience the Modern Apprenticeship has been
Matthew, from Darvel, had considered going to university but was
attracted by the prospect of earning while learning, and gaining
nationally recognised qualifications.
He said: "I left school in sixth year and had been accepted at
university to do civil engineering.
"I thought about the possibility of coming out with little real
practical experience of work and the possibility of not having a
"The apprenticeship opportunity at Spirit was perfect for
"I'm definitely interested in further study or qualifications at
college or uni after my apprenticeship to keep learning."