Engineering apprentice Tharshanja Nirmalan
Watching James Bond movies as a teenager inspired Tharshanja Nirmalan to work in engineering and she is developing the skills she needs for her future career on a three-year mechanical apprenticeship.
Tharshanja, aged 27, who spends one day a week at the college’s Paget Road campus working towards the Level 3 diploma in manufacturing engineering, said: “I did quite a few different jobs after leaving school but I knew I ultimately wanted to work with large vehicles so when I saw the apprenticeship vacancy it was the ideal opportunity for me to make the move into engineering.
“An apprenticeship is a very hands-on way of learning and I’m working on repairing some big vehicles so not only am I developing new skills but I’m gaining experience in the workplace at the same time.
“You’re working for a long time so it’s important that you do what you want to do, rather than what people expect you to do – I’m proud to be a woman working in engineering and would love to see more of us in the industry.”