Heriot-Watt University praises mechanical engineering student for Covid-19 work

HERIOT-Watt University has expressed its pride at a student from one of their graduate apprenticeship programme using his studies in the fight against Covid-19.

Lukasz Wojcik works as a field-service technician for water purification specialists, Scotmas. Since the Covid-19 lockdown began in March, he and his colleagues have been working to maintain water distribution systems at health facilities across the country, as well as designing and installing water treatments for several temporary NHS Nightingale hospitals.

Lukasz, who is due to graduate from his course later this year, said, “Graduate apprenticeships have been a fantastic way for me to develop and learn new skills whilst remaining in paid employment.

“This has allowed me to be part of the team that has been maintaining water disinfection systems at hospitals around the UK, ensuring they are safe from dangerous bacteria that could cause further illness in vulnerable patients, including those with Covid-19.

“It’s been a hugely rewarding experience professionally and an opportunity for me to help NHS staff and patients.”

Sandy Murray, director of graduate apprenticeships at the university, added, “We take great pride in how graduate apprentices like Lukasz have been able to apply their learning in the fight against Covid-19. It’s a great demonstration of one of the main benefits of the graduate apprenticeships programme – studying for a degree and being able to apply that knowledge and make a difference in the workplace. We’d like to congratulate Lukasz on the successful on-going contribution he’s making to Scotmas.”

The course has seen the 36 year old spend the past four years combining a full-time job with a mechanical engineering course at the university. Those on such courses spend approximately 80% of their time in work and 20% in university, and can qualify for a place on the programme through academic achievements or relevant work experience.Scotsmas are one of the companies to have signed up to the graduate apprenticeship programme. Alistair Cameron, managing director at Scotsmas, said, “As a business, we have always been committed to long term training and staff development.

“The Graduate Apprenticeship programme that Lukasz is now completing has proven to be a hugely worthwhile addition to our training portfolio, providing focused learning which can be applied almost immediately in the workplace.

“Many congratulations to Lukasz for the successful completion of his course and we look forward to his continuing input.”