Farnborough College of Technology Apprentice James Fuller has received The Coachmaker Aerotron Scholarship, created to unlock higher-level qualifications for those just starting in their careers.
James and his employer, Dassault Aviation Business Services, submitted a successful bid for the scholarship which is now setting James on an exciting career path.
James spoke to us about the new qualification and his career plans:
“The new course I’m starting allows me to be trained to a higher level, as a B1/B2 licensed engineer, which covers both mechanical and avionics tasks. The qualification would normally cost several thousand pounds, but the scholarship I’ve been awarded means all the costs are covered. Getting this qualification means that future progression and employability with employers will be far greater. My training will take place in the Cotswolds and I’m over the moon knowing I have this support!
“I’ve 100% always wanted to work in engineering. I remember sitting in a cockpit as a child and wanting to get to know all the systems in greater detail. At school, I did my work experience with Dassault Aviation Business Services, and I’m now working for them as a final-year apprentice. I actually completed A Levels before my current role but came around to the apprenticeship as I always wanted a more hands-on career.
“My advice to students thinking about their career is to do work experience to see what a workplace is really like. Also talk to employers or people you know in the industry – they’ll tell you what it’s like to work there and maybe offer you some work experience. You don’t want to fall into an industry you don’t enjoy!”