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Matthew Smith, Spirit AeroSystems

12 June 2014

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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 office-based work.

 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 others. 

"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 great." 

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 job.

 "The apprenticeship opportunity at Spirit was perfect for me. 

"I'm definitely interested in further study or qualifications at college or uni after my apprenticeship to keep learning."