Higher Apprentice Abigail has big plans for a career in engineering

Abigail Finney - Graduation 2017

Abigail Finney graduated last week as part of her four year higher apprenticeship with Tarmac. During the apprenticeship she has gained a number of qualifications, including a Level 4/5 HNC in Mechanical Engineering.

Abby said: “My apprenticeship with Tarmac has given me a wide range of challenges and responsibilities; I was the only girl on the course which was difficult at times but I’m proud that I’m challenging the stereotypes in society.”

Abby has since secured a permanent position at Tarmac as a Maintenance Fitter and often goes in to local schools to speak to children about the myths surrounding engineering. She said: “My one piece of advice to young people considering their options at school is not to follow the crowd and believe in yourself because you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.”

According to Abby, the four year apprenticeship has been a long hard four years but it’s all been worth it in the end. It has been a fun experience and I’ve had lots of support from my tutors. It’s inspired me to continue studying and I’m now thinking about the possibility of studying for a degree in cement.”

Throughout her apprenticeship, Abby has continued to impress and has been shortlisted as a finalist for Student of the Year at Chesterfield College’s Celebration of Achievement Awards and awarded the  Apprentice of the Year at the 2013/14 Learning Unlimited Apprenticeship Awards ceremony, something which she said has been the highlight of her apprenticeship. 

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