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Meet Rosie Davies

A Close Brothers funded apprentice

“I was the only girl that turned up to my college with steel capped boots.”

Rosie Davies works as an engineering apprentice for Penny Hydraulics.

Apprenticeships bring opportunity

Rosie has been part of the apprenticeship programme since 2018, training with Penny Hydraulics.

It was a natural decision for her to turn her hand to engineering after school finished as her Grandad, Dad and Uncle all worked in similar fields and it’s always been sector she wanted to work in. However, she did face some barriers before reaching her apprenticeship. 

During her time in college, she was the only girl in the engineering and mathematics course and even the teachers tried to persuade her against pursuing engineering. 

“I was the only girl that turned up in steel capped boots and the teachers warned my parents against me joining the engineering class.” 

However, Rosie proved them wrong finishing the class with the top marks and decided to move on to be an apprentice after a teacher pointed her towards the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre and Close Brothers’ apprentice programme. 

Now in her third year of training, Rosie has gone back to speak to young girls to encourage more to consider a career in engineering, hoping to show others the opportunities available that they may not be aware of. 
 
Rosie acknowledges that undertaking an apprenticeship during the pandemic has been more of a challenge, but praises the AMRC training centre for being able to deliver remote training that is effective and having the support available for students when they need it. For anyone considering an apprenticeship in the future, Rosie would recommend it. 

“The mix of the practical and theory is unbeatable and you can finish the course with the same qualifications as if you’d been to university, but you’ve been earning while you’ve been training.”