The Engineering department at Warwickshire College Group is celebrating the successful progression of its full-time students into careers in engineering and in particular a record number achieving progression onto higher apprenticeships with one of its major partner companies, Jaguar Land Rover.
Warwickshire College Group offers a full-time Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at its Rugby and Warwick Trident Colleges. Following the two-year programme, many student are now progressing to higher (degree) apprenticeships with Jaguar Land Rover, including, uniquely, two brothers, Jake and Keiran Brown from Rugby
Jake, 21, studied A-levels for a year after his GCSEs but admits it was not the right path for him. He said, “I was thinking of becoming an architect, but I’d always been interested in engineering and towards the end of my first year of A-levels I applied for the engineering course at Rugby College. It’s a really good grounding in practical engineering – and it was a really good atmosphere too.”
Younger brother Keiran, now 18, started the BTEC Engineering course at the same time and when they heard about the Jaguar Land Rover Higher Apprenticeship scheme, they both decided to apply.
Keiran said, “The application process was intense, and included an assessment day, which was very challenging. We had done interview preparation as part of our course, and had a lot of experience with practical engineering, so both of those elements really helped with that.
“Our mum is really proud, I think she cried when she heard that both of us had been successful!”
The brothers began the six-year higher apprenticeship in September 2015. For the first year they study full-time for their foundation degree at Warwick Trident College and in the second year they study one day a week at college – the rest of the time they are in the workplace. Jake is working in the Electrical Integration team and Keiran in the Body CAD department.
Colin Meikle, Head of Full-time Engineering courses at Warwickshire College Group said, “We are very proud of all our students’ success but for Jake and Keiran to both get apprenticeships at Jaguar Land Rover – up against strong competition from many thousands of applicants – in my experience this is unique for two brothers to achieve.
“We have had a record year for student progression with more than 30 students securing apprenticeships with partner companies along with over 20 students getting places on engineering degree courses at university. It is a real credit to all their hard work that they are achieving their aspirations. With engineers in demand in the jobs market too, it’s a great time to be considering it as a career.”
Warwickshire College Group offers a range of engineering courses at its Rugby and Warwick Trident Colleges. For more information go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/engineering or come along to an open events. Rugby College’s open event is on Wednesday 20 April from 5.30-8pm, while Warwick Trident College Talk and Tour takes place on Tuesday 26 April from 5.30-6.30pm.