My name’s Phillip. I’m currently working at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital as a Maintenance Engineer.
Right from school, I went into college doing my HNC and that was in Engineering Systems. I was getting the academical side, but I was wanting hands on [experience], so I was asking people what's the best way to go about it and they mentioned [the] training place.
You need to know your fundamentals of your engineering, so [in] your first year, you're five days a week college based. When you go into your second year and you get your jobs, it could be helping out in the kitchens, fixing various things in there.
Obviously, as an Engineer, we maintain the boilers that provide the heat throughout the whole hospital. You need to keep on top of maintaining the boilers and making sure you're doing your regular checks and everything like that. I've got Joe, he's the main Engineer, so I'm with him day to day. He [allows me to] do most things and tells me if I'm doing it wrong. I find it better to learn that way, as I'm thrown in at the deep end.
I would recommend an NHS Apprenticeship, because they put you through all [of] your academical side, and I'm getting all the hands on work as well. They help you in whatever way they can to progress. I think it's a very good apprenticeship.