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Richard Moyses

Richard Moyses has brought his engineering skills to work on the canals since joining us as an apprentice 45 years ago. Find out why he thinks our apprenticeships have a lot to offer young people.

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"An apprenticeship offers an experience far beyond classroom learning." Richard Moyses

I finished school and didn’t get the results I needed for further education so I started looking for opportunities in the motor industry. However, when I went to the school career centre, they told me about British Waterways (now the Trust) and their apprenticeship. It was my first ever interview and I felt like a fish out of water, but I tried my best and was offered the job. They said ‘When can you start?’ I started the following week.  

Job title: Senior mechanical and electrical engineer

Length of service: 42 years

Training provider: Luton College

It was an interesting job as an apprentice; working in the workshops, working on the river, there was a great team spirit. I was mentored by a really good engineer. He took me on board and treated me like a son at work, showing me the right way to go about things. It was good grounding for my career.

Back in 2002-2009 I was given the chance to manage a new app scheme. This was an opportunity for me to give something back to the Trust, who have invested a lot in me over the years. I was able to mentor our new engineers through the scheme, and our course gained accreditation with the Engineer Council at Technician Level.

Skills for life

An apprenticeship offers an experience far beyond classroom learning. It’s a wider life experience encompassing people skills as well as technical skills. Working with different people in different locations presents different challenges.

Our apprenticeship leads to a good all round understanding of engineering. You will learn skills that set you up for life. It’s a really good foundation to move on from.

Last date edited: 3 March 2017