Higher apprenticeSHIp in Engineering
Alex, 24, from Birmingham, who is a third year Powertrain
Emission Test Higher Apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover was
named overall Best of British Engineering having also won the
Apprentice of the Year category at the national SEMTA Awards. As
part of his higher apprenticeship, Alex completed his foundation
degree in engineering at Warwick Trident College.
Alex said: “I am absolutely staggered to win. The competition
was so fierce. I will just continue to do what I love. I have put
so much effort in at work. My ambition is to create a viable engine
which doesn’t have any emissions – I hope to drive forward the idea
to do it within 10 years.”
Alex initially went to university but soon decided the
apprenticeship route suited him best for the career path he wanted
“I found the subjects I was studying
lacked context and I wanted to be able to relate what I was
learning to studies I had completed outside of work,” said Alex. “I
would advise other young people to join apprenticeships as soon as
they can. There is a multitude of jobs which offer high quality
education and a career that will endure the test of time.”
Engineering Level 3
"Warwickshire College Group provided me with exceptional
learning facilities combined with quality teaching from all
Engineering staff, that has enabled me to make justified
engineering decisions and follow my chosen path to University.
"The Engineering Department's staff have given me the stepping
stones required to progress onto higher education, and allowed me
to reach my goals and aspirations, whilst also permitting me to
continue learning and achieving.
"The college environment is relaxed and comfortable and
is easy to learn in. There was also a strong educational
infra-structure that enabled me to learn and understand multiple
engineering disciplines that have now given me a solid foundation
to work alongside an engineering team, and find solutions to a
variety of engineering problems.
"Warwickshire College Group is an incredible place to study
and the environment, atmosphere, facilities, and most importantly
the staff, have given me everything I need to progress forward as
an Engineer, and achieve what I want to achieve!"
Programming and Machining Advanced Apprenticeship
Rebecca is in the final year of her apprenticeship with
Jaguar Land Rover, studying a foundation degree at Warwickshire
College one day a week.
The rest of the time, she works in the design department at the
car manufacturer’s centre in Gaydon. Rebecca was awarded
‘Apprentice of the Year’ by the City of Coventry Freemen’s
Rebecca said: “I was a fairly average student at school but with
my apprenticeship, I have found my passion and I work really hard
at it. I surprised myself by doing well in the academic areas of
the course – I gained nine straight distinctions in the first two
years - as well as succeeding with my practical skills.
“I never saw myself as a university person. I still wanted to
learn, but was keen to start earning as well, so the apprenticeship
route was a good option for me. I have never looked back.”
HND in Electrical Engineering
Thomas studied for four years at Rugby College. He
completed a National Diploma in Engineering, then continued on to
do a Higher National Diploma in Engineering - Electronics.
Thomas was employed by the college as a part-time technician for
a while and now works at the large automotive and marine
manufacturing company, Orscheln Europe.
Thomas says: “It was wonderful. I had done an IT course and a
few other things and thought it was time I got a proper
qualification. It seemed worthwhile to do electrical engineering
and because I was a bit older with added confidence, it made it a
lot easier. The lecturers were great and really supportive
throughout the course.”
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