Engineering student Harpreet Aulkh
“I hope I’ll be an inspiration to other young people who think they won’t achieve anything,” says 22-year-old Harpreet Aulkh as he prepares to head off to university to study for a BSC in mechanical engineering.
Harpreet added: “I left school after the first year of sixth form when I realised it wasn’t for me and spent a couple of years working in warehouses and restaurants before realising that I needed to do something more positive and that I’d need some proper qualifications if I wanted to succeed in the future.
“I’d always been interested in engineering and went along to a college open day, had a chat to a tutor and signed up for the two year Level 3 diploma in mechanical engineering – and thanks to the skills and knowledge I’ve gained I’ve been offered places at both Aston University and Birmingham City University from September
“I never thought I’d be going to university – it felt so good when I was offered the places and my mum’s really pleased so that makes me happy too!
“I’d say to any young person ‘make up your own mind about what you want to do in the future – don’t just follow your friends which is what I did at first. If you don’t want to stop on at school think about what interests you and either go to college to get hands-on experience and a qualification or find a company that offers apprenticeships or opportunities to progress.’
“It took me a few years to get motivated but thanks to the support of the college and my vision to succeed but now I’m on the way to a great future.”