Engineering apprentice Niall Howarth
Eighteen-year-old engineering apprentice Niall Howarth works for Moog Aircraft group – Wolverhampton Operations and attends college one day a week to study for the HNC in mechanical engineering, having completed the Level 3 diploma in maintenance engineering last year.
Niall said: “Doing an apprenticeship is a good way of combining working and learning and enables you to put what you learn at college into practice in the workplace. We’re currently studying HNC modules in further maths and engineering science which are very useful at work and I feel that I can offer ideas and solutions to colleagues who have been in the industry for much longer than I have.”
As part of the course Niall, along with two fellow students, got the chance to compete in the manufacturing team challenge of the WorldSkills UK competition – triumphing with a bronze medal in the finals of the competition at the NEC in November.
Niall added: “Competing in the competition was really good experience and the preparation we did expanded our skill set even further – in just six weeks we went from designing, manufacturing and testing a robotic recovery vehicle to win the bronze medal which showed that all our hard work had paid off.”
Niall and his fellow students have now been selected for WorldSkills Squad UK and will undergo 18 months of additional training with the hope of being selected for the world finals of the competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.