Rhyia Smith – Weaving Apprenticeship
How did you first hear about the apprenticeship?
Through one of my colleagues who had previously completed it.
Why did you decide to do this particular apprenticeship?
I’ve been a Weaver for five years and wanted to get a qualification in what I was doing. I wanted to help one of my colleagues get his Assessor Award (L&D9DI) so I decided to do the apprenticeship as one of his candidates.
How has this apprenticeship helped you? How will it benefit your future career goals?
The apprenticeship has given me more insight into my role and future progression to be a Loomer or Tuner.
Describe a typical day
A typical day is very busy. I do multiple things at once so always have to be on the ball and aware of quality control.
What are the most important skills for you to do your job well?
Multi-tasking, concentrating & quality control.
How do you organise your time between work and study?
All study is done on the job.
Is there anything you wish you knew about the apprenticeship before you started it?
What do you like most about your role?
It keeps me busy as I’m constantly on the go. I really like the team I work with – we rely on each other and can help each other out. It’s a strong shift.
What parts of your job do you find the most challenging?
I don’t find anything challenging as all my tasks are second nature now.
What advice would you give to others thinking about applying for an apprenticeship?
What are your future career plans?
I want to move up to be a Loomer – the role which involves setting up the dobby and jacquard looms according to different specifications to achieve the range of woven products Johnstons of Elgin make. This will give me more insight and skills. I like to have different challenges and feel ready to progress.