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“With the experience and skills that I’m developing on my HNC and the support and expertise from my tutors at College, I believe my dream career will become a reality.”


Aspiring Aerospace Engineer, Ash, secured an innovative mechanical engineering apprenticeship with CAL International, and has since progressed to a HNC in Mechanical Engineering.

Ash, originally from Sri Lanka, had a unique opportunity as a child to experience living in two different countries after moving to Modena, Italy at the age of 7 and then to the UK at the age of 16.

It was during this time that Ash discovered his ambition to become an Engineer - a key driving force behind him moving to the UK with his family, so that he could work towards gaining the qualifications needed to launch his career in the industry.

Upon moving to the UK, Ash joined the level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technologies: Mechanical Engineering at St Helens College. His willingness to learn and fascination with engineering, saw him successfully progress on to the level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies: Mechanical Engineering, before securing an apprenticeship with one of the top engineering companies in the country, CAL International.

Commenting on his experience at College, Ash said, “I have loved my time on the course. The supportive tutors with their industry links, have helped me to secure my innovative apprenticeship and have shown me the path to success. The facilities are incredible too and really help you to get to grips with working in a similar environment in the workplace.”

His enthusiasm and impressive practical skills soon became apparent on the course. Mechanical Engineering tutor, David Pye, commented, “Ash is a fantastic and dedicated student. His attention to detail and drive to learn, has led him to where he is today. He was always taking part in extracurricular activities to assist his future ambitions, which shows his true determination and love of engineering.”

Employer, CAL International, was so impressed with Ash’s progress during his apprenticeship, that he now holds a permanent position within the company as a CAD Design Engineer. They are also currently funding his HNC in Mechanical Engineering at College, enabling him to further his knowledge and skill set.

So far, Ash has had the amazing opportunity to gain impressive experience, working with high profile clients such as Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover and NeedleSmart. As part of his role, he develops and researches new ideas that will improve existing designs and processes’ across a variety of industries such as automotive, chemical, aerospace and packaging.

Ash added, “My ultimate goal is to become a skilled and experienced multi-disciplined Aerospace Engineer, in which I am determined to succeed. With the experience and skills that I am developing currently on my HNC and the support and expertise from my tutors at College, I believe this dream will become a reality.”

Looking to the future, Ash is hoping to progress on to the HND in Mechanical Engineering at St Helens College, before continuing on to university to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies: Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Design Apprentice, CAL International

Joined us from
Sussex College Network (Sri Lanka)



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