Student success


alex tomlinson

Higher apprenticeSHIp in Engineering

Alex Tomlinson SEMTA awardAlex, 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 to follow.

“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.”


Jonathan O'BrienJonathan O'Brien

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!"

Rebecca Shaw

Programming and Machining Advanced Apprenticeship

Rebecca Shaw with her awardRebecca 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 Guild.

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.”


Thomas Fragiacomo

HND in Electrical Engineering

Thomas Fragiacomo in his graduation gownThomas 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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