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Cameron James StephensonOur engineering student, Cameron James Stephenson, is a shining example of hard work and dedication having set up his own engineering company at the early age of seventeen.

Cameron, from Wigan, has always been an avid steam train enthusiast, captivated by road, rail and stationary motive power. His passion for steam trains gave him the inspiration to start his company. Using the skills and knowledge that he developed during his time at St Helens College, as well as work experience with time served engineers, Cameron launched C.J.S Engineering, which specialises in heritage engineering, providing a high-quality restoration service.

After completing his GCSEs at Cansfield High School, Cameron joined the level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering which gave him the knowledge needed to understand the processes involved with running a successful workshop and helped him to gain access to employment opportunities for Network Rail on the West Coast Railways. He also gained valuable work experience at Fort William in Scotland, working on the famous steam train, The Jacobite as support crew for Riley and Son (E) Limited.

Speaking about his first day at St Helens College, Cameron said, “I was recommended to come on to this course by one of my friends who had been to St Helens College. I loved my first day – it was really interesting to be in a new environment, meeting new people, making new friends and getting to know tutors. I loved the practical, hands-on side of it, in particular, advanced turning and milling.”

Dave Pye, Engineering tutor at the college, commented on Cameron’s time on the course saying, “Cameron’s engineering journey has been a remarkable one, his ability was clearly apparent during the first term, in both classroom and practical sessions. His hard work, endeavour and willingness to learn new skills and knowledge have enabled him to succeed in all aspects of the course. As a result, he attained distinction grades in all 7 units, which is an excellent and well-deserved achievement.

He added, “His determination, helpfulness, attention to detail and quality of work have been major factors preparing and propelling this young engineering entrepreneur into the world of work, since founding his own successful heritage engineering business.”

Cameron was keen to credit the tutors on the course saying, “The tutors are fantastic, they are very enthusiastic about the work they teach and give you the help and guidance you need. The tutors allowed me to have the most enjoyable experience.”

His hard work continues to pay off as C.J.S Engineering continues to grow and develop esteemed partnerships with local businesses such as GPS (Northwest) Ltd, an engine re-manufacturing company based in Lancashire.

Cameron added, “I would highly recommend the course. If you work hard, you will achieve.”

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