As an Engineering Apprenticeship Ambassador and former Coleg y Cymoedd learner, Megan Christie’s career is flying with GE Aerospace Wales (GE), Nantgarw, where she is member of a team that repairs, maintains and overhauls commercial aircraft engines.
Megan, 21, from Georgetown, Tredegar, excelled during her time as an Aeronautical Engineering apprentice at Coleg y Cymoedd with GE, gaining distinctions in each of her 40 assignments, and winning the college’s Apprenticeship Award in 2023.
Not only this, but she went on to win an Inspiring Skills Wales award and a team silver medal at the WorldSkills UK National Finals in 2022 and has most recently been shortlisted for the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2024 as an Apprentice of the Year finalist.
During her time at the college, Megan gained valuable skills and experience and is continues to make a positive contribution to her employer, GE’s goal of overhauling engines in the fastest and safest possible way.
After completing her college studies in 2023, Megan is now studying for an Engineering degree with an Integrated Master’s degree in Design Engineering (MEng) through the Open University which will take nine years and lead to her ultimate goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer.
In her role as an Apprenticeship Ambassador, she speaks at schools and colleges, takes part in STEM activities and attends career fairs to promote engineering as a career. She also mentors new apprentices at GE Aerospace Wales.
“The skills I have picked up from working in a multitude of aircraft engine repair workshops within my apprenticeship have allowed me to gain transferrable knowledge and skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my career,” said Megan, who would like to become a design engineer.
“It has also given me opportunities to work within the local community as an apprenticeship ambassador. A personal highlight was when I was invited to speak to engineers at Coleg y Cymoedd. It was lovely to see where I started and what I had achieved since leaving, and it was all thanks to my apprenticeship.”
Assistant Principal for Business Services at Coleg y Cymoedd, Matthew Tucker spoke of Megan’s time at the college: “Megan has been an exceptional apprentice; she has embraced every opportunity given to her and is a great role model. Megan’s tenacity and ability to make the best out of any situation will definitely help her have a successful future.”
Partnering with over 1,200 local and national employers, Coleg y Cymoedd is one of the most diverse apprenticeship providers in Wales and is nominated for three awards at Apprenticeship Awards Cymru this year:
· Apprentice of the Year: Megan Christie of GE Aviation,
· Tomorrow Talent: Jacob Marshall of Combined Engineering Services, and
· Large Employer of the Year: for their work with Transport for Wales.
Organised by the Welsh Government and supported by the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the awards highlight the outstanding achievements of employers, apprentices and work-based learning practitioners. Winners of the awards will be announced at a special ceremony on 22nd March 2024.
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