Engineering apprentice Martin Bradburn
Engineering runs in 19-year-old Martin Bradburn’s family and after leaving school he gained an apprenticeship with UTC Aerospace Systems Marston UK in Fordhouses and now combines working for the company with studying for his engineering qualifications at the college’s Paget Road campus.
Martin, who attends college one day a week to study for the Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding, said: “I wanted to do an apprenticeship as I wanted on-the-job training and the chance to learn new skills while getting paid.
“Coming to college is good – I’m learning sheet metalwork and TIG welding and learning skills that will be useful back at work in the future.”
As part of the course Martin got the chance to showcase his skills in sheet metalwork in the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competition at the NEC in Birmingham in November 2013– and so impressed the judges that he has been put forward for selection for the national squad to represent the UK in the world finals in Brazil in 2015.
Martin said: “Competing in the WorldSkills competition was a great experience and to be put forward for selection for the national squad is amazing – I’m really pleased and it’s made my dad proud so that’s great!”