For apprentice Rachael Palmer, drawing large process plants and nuclear reactors is all in a day's work. And she's pretty good at it too - Rachael won the North East 'Advanced Apprentice of the Year' award in 2010.
After completing her vocational qualification in Design & Draughting, Rachel has gone on to study for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Teesside University.
In this fast-paced modern world, to get ahead you need up-to-date skills. But you don’t need to sit in a classroom all day to get them – an apprenticeship is another way of learning that suits many and is the gold standard for work-based learning.
Rachael says: "An ECITB apprenticeship has been invaluable, giving me the solid basis on which to build a professional career."