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Ashley Gibson
Secondary school:
Castle Hall School
  • Where do you live now?
  • Hunsworth
  • Which Kirklees College site did you go to?
  • Huddersfield Centre
  • What course?
  • Apprenticeship in Applied Mechanical Engineering, completed in 2009.
  • Where do you work now?
  • Moorland Tools Ltd, Batley
  • What's your job title?
  • Mechanical engineer
  • What do you do?
  • My job involves machining on the CNC machines and designing and making the parts that are needed to make tools.
  • What was Kirklees College like?
  • It was really useful. I learnt so much and have been able to bring that into the work place.
  • Has the course helped you get where you are now?
  • The course helped massively. It was extremely relevant and I got all the background information and qualifications that I needed to progress.
  • Why did you choose Kirklees College?
  • I was at Moorland Tools already so we approached Kirklees College to see if an apprenticeship was feasible. They were very accommodating and it worked out really well as it was the nearest and the best course for me.
  • If you could give advice to students in their final two years of school, what would you say?
  • I'd recommend going to college and definitely going into engineering as the industry is picking up. You'd need to be prepared to work hard and work as part of a team with good communications skills, but it is well worth the effort.
Ashley Gibson