Sophie Sweeney Apprentice Electrical EngineerPosted: 19/04/12
Sophie Sweeney, a Year 11 student at Chiswick School, beat off male competition to gain a position next September as an electrical
engineering apprentice at Chiswick Business Park. The apprenticeship was created by the Park with Chiswick School in mind as part of the developing partnership between the school and Chiswick Park-Enjoy Work. Asked whether she was prepared for working in such a male dominated sector, Sophie said ‘I do not have a problem working with anyone and I have already worked with a mainly male team on work experience.
My mentor will be a female who started the apprenticeship four years ago so I’m sure I will be fine’. As soon as she heard about the apprenticeship from the school, Sophie showed real initiative in finding out as much as she could bout it. She practised the tests, practised interviews with the school’s Connexions worker and made it her own responsibility to give herself the best chance of success.
'We’re all very excited to welcome Sophie as our new engineering apprentice; after excelling in the rigorous recruitment process we know she’ll be a great asset to the Enjoy-Work team' said Gemma McNeilis, Communications anager at the Business Park. Sophie gave this advice to her fellow students. ‘Push yourself and do not hide away from what you want to do. Follow your own ambitions and make sure they really are your own’.