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Former garage mechanic AJ looks set for a career in teaching after he combined his love of cars with passing on the knowledge has gained to young people joining the industry. AJ, from Coventry, was working for an automotive garage managing both customer-facing roles and workshop tasks when he spotted the opportunity to train as an apprentice with the MIRA Technology Institute.
AJ is currently working towards his Level 3 motor vehicle apprenticeship and is now working as a technician at NWSLC’s Harrowbrook Campus in Hinckley. AJ helps to support skills development in forklift truck engineering at NWSLC’s Harrowbrook Campus in Hinckley where apprentices work for major logistics brands including Impact Handling and Jungheinrich to improve their knowledge and understanding of brakes, engines, and electrics.
AJ also works from the MTI campus, helping MTI apprentices with manufacturers including Peugeot and Triumph to gain skills in automotive engineering.
AJ said, “I have really enjoyed working as a technician with the College and MTI, and have definitely caught the teaching bug. I always preferred more hands-on tasks from when I was at school and I am also good with the IT aspects of this role because I learned a lot when I was working in my previous role.
“For me, being an apprentice was a much better route than going to university because I am able to earn a wage while also learning at the same time. And, even better, I am also helping others to learn new skills and get on in their careers too.
“I feel as though I have a good rapport with the students I support, and I would really like to progress into teaching one day.”