Megan McDermott, Higher Level Apprenticeship, Mechanical Engineering
25-year-old Megan McDermott from Londonderry spoke about her experience of studying a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering at North West Regional College:
‘’Before I came to the college, I studied Technology and Design at Ulster University’s Jordanstown Campus and 3D Graphics at Ulster University in Derry. After university, I worked full-time in Lisahally Service Centre and helped people with Universal Credit queries.
‘’I decided to study at the college because I couldn’t get a job in the engineering industry as I had no experience so I thought why not apply for the Higher Level Apprenticeship scheme as it seemed a good way to gain experience, a job and a degree accredited by Ulster University.
‘’I’m really enjoying my time here at college and I look forward to my maths classes and learning about Computer Aided Design specifically auto-cad which is a 2D drawing system compared to using a 3D drawing system such as Solid Works.
”I also enjoy working at Fast Technologies because I’m able to apply the skills I learn at college at my place of work.’’
She added: ‘’By the end of my Higher Level Apprenticeship I’d like to achieve the highest marks possible in all areas of study and get a full-time job in the Mechanical Engineering industry.
‘’I would really recommend people to chose the Higher Level Apprenticeship route because I’m an example of someone who studied hard at university and still couldn’t get a job relevant to my degree because I had no experience working in the engineering industry.
‘’The Higher Level Apprenticeship is also great if people don’t want to get into debt because it’s free, you’re paid by your employer for studying here and it’s flexible as it’s a part time course delivered over three years.’’
For more information about applying for a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering, call Paul Young on 02871276338