Ryan Wilkie - Marine Engineering Apprentice, HMNB Portsmouth
In 2016 Serco pledged to increase the number of apprentices in order to maximise the full potential of investing in the annual Apprentice Levy and to upskill existing employees. One employee who knows exactly what it is like to be on an apprenticeship scheme is Ryan Wilkie. In 2020 Ryan successfully completed his Marine Engineering Apprenticeship and is looking forward to a promising career in the Maritime Industry.
What appealed to you about the apprenticeship scheme?
I did a 2-year Marine Engineering Level 2 NVQ at school so I had an interest in it from then but didn’t apply for an apprenticeship until I had tried careers in both Rugby and the motor trade ﬁrst. It has been a brilliant opportunity to learn while I earn.
What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy being out aﬂoat on the vessels with the engineers - I feel like we learn a lot from them, they really know what they are doing. Highlights so far have been working on vessel reﬁts when they are in dry dock. You get to do really in-depth work and it’s really different seeing the vessels out of the water. I recently worked on SD Independent and SD Indulgent reﬁts which I really enjoyed and I learned a lot.
How do you feel the scheme beneﬁts you?
I have deﬁnitely learnt a lot since I’ve been with Serco, I feel like I’ve come a long way with my skills and Serco offer a lot of different courses to help you progress.
After your apprenticeship what are your next steps?
My apprenticeship was a brilliant opportunity to learn while I earned and I have been lucky to secure a position in the Tank Cleaning team. I would like to further my career in Marine Engineering with Serco and will be starting my MCA Approved Engine Course 1 (also known as my second engineer tickets) later this year, COVID-19 permitting. With Serco’s support I then want to work my way up to Chief Engineer.
How do you feel Serco has made a difference to your work and/or the apprenticeship?
Being at Serco we’ve done so many courses like forklift and gantry crane training courses, and they’ve put us through our STCW sea survival and ﬁre-ﬁghting tickets. We are with really experienced guys so learning from the best.
What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship with Serco or in HMNB Portsmouth?
I’d say take it, it’s a brilliant opportunity. The stuff that’s on offer here is amazing.