A change of career pays dividends for apprentice Liam

A successful career change from personal trainer to engineer is paying dividends for Liam Gill from Swansea. Liam has found his true vocation in life working for Ford Motor Company and is making a name for himself after doing an Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering.

“Changing my career was the best move I’ve ever made. I had been to university but that didn’t suit me and I only realised how good apprenticeships are when I started one. It has paid off massively and I’m so chuffed.” 

Liam attended Bridgend College in the first year, learning workshop skills, maintenance techniques and more. The second year he spent with the training department at Bridgend Engine Plant, with one day a week in college.

Liam completed his NVQ Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering Maintenance and also his BTEC Level 3 Diploma with distinctions in all modules.

“The training techniques and fault diagnosis included in the Apprenticeship have been superb”

“I started my apprenticeship with Ford and have always given my best efforts to achieve high standards as well as setting a good example for the younger apprentices."

“The training techniques and fault diagnosis included in the Apprenticeship have been superb and I will be able to use these experiences to take with me when I qualify. I have developed skills specific to my career in engineering as well as other, broader skills that will benefit my career.”

Liam has gone on to study for a Higher National Certificate at Bridgend College and is also starting a degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at University of Wales, Trinity St. David.

His mentor, Gary Fender, said: “I have been in engineering for 33 years and Liam is one of the best I have ever seen. His effort and commitment are outstanding, as is the quality of his work.”

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