My Journey into Quality by Ashleigh Pritt - My name is Ashleigh Pritt and I am 22 years old, I work for Jacobs within the Nuclear Sector. I first started my journey into quality by applying for various work experiences within the local area. I participated in Jacobs’week-long work experience programme –designed to provide insight into the different disciplines within engineering such as project management, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering as well as quality. I completed the work experience at Jacobs and returned in subsequent school holidays for experience within the Quality Department. I applied to Jacobs and initially joined the company as a contractor with an aim to go staff and start my training. Within a year I was transferred to staff and started an apprenticeship as a quality engineer. The apprenticeship was split into two parts: quality and mechanical. The quality component of the apprenticeship entailed completing my Diploma in Quality Management (of which I am currently in my last year) and completing both internal and external auditing courses. And improving my overall quality competencies by conducting work and gaining experience. The mechanical component of my apprenticeship entailed going to college for a year to gain a BTEC Level 3 in Operations & Maintenance Engineering. Then carrying on my mechanical education to gain BTEC Level 3 Design and Draughting Diploma and also a HNC in Mechanical Engineering Level 4 – this has given me a discipline background which is very beneficial given the technical nature of our work. My journey into quality definitely gave me the strong foundation to progress to where I am today. I am currently working on a project as the supply chain Quality Engineer, as well as managing 3-4 Asset Care Tasks.