Engineering apprentice Daniel Cooper
Signing up for an engineering qualification at the college really paid off for 18-year-old Daniel Cooper – within four weeks of starting the course he had been offered an apprenticeship with local manufacturing company Jenks and Cattell Engineering Ltd.
Daniel, who now combines working for the company with continuing to study for his engineering qualifications on a part-time basis, said: “I wanted to get an engineering apprenticeship and, after speaking to a tutor on the phone, realised that coming to college would teach me the skills I need for a career in the industry and give me a better chance of finding an apprenticeship.
“I started a full-time Level 3 mechanical engineering course at the beginning of September and within a couple of weeks was invited for an interview with the company. The tutors helped me to prepare for my interview and the company said that by signing-up for a full-time course while I looked for an apprenticeship showed that I had a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
“I’m so happy to have been offered the apprenticeship and be on the road to my chosen career – and my dad’s really pleased too which is great!”