Electrical apprentice Jacky Tommy


Mature student Jacky Tommy is proving it’s never too late to learn, after securing a job as an electrical engineer following her apprenticeship.

Jacky, who spent 20 years as a general hand at DSG – the maintenance and repair service for British armed forces’ vehicles, weapons and communications systems – applied for an adult apprenticeship at her place of work after deciding it was time for a career move.

She said: “I was looking for a step up within the same company and had a chance to make a move for the better.

“As part of the apprenticeship I have gained my BTEC Level 3 in Electrical Electronic Engineering. I had no formal qualifications prior to this and as I am dyslexic the college arranged for me to have a support worker. Without her I wouldn’t have been able to do it. She explained things in a different way and I now have a merit in Maths and have done well in my course.

“The college has been great and they go out of their way to help and bend over backwards to get you through the course.

“I would encourage anyone to do this. It has opened up so many horizons and given me the confidence and skills to do new things.”

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