Apprenticeship is engineering success for Tom

Kirklees College student Tom Fox is engineering success for his future with an Apprenticeship.

Tom, 20, from Mirfield, is a Level 2 apprentice at the college’s Engineering Centre and works for Thomas Brown Engineering in Huddersfield.

He said: “Engineering is quite big around this area. I work for a small company and because the average age of engineers is quite high, there are plenty of opportunities for apprentices to replace those who retire.

“Apprenticeships are more of a viable option than you think. I did A Levels, but then went onto this Apprenticeship and I don’t regret it at all.”
Tom has done well at college and was nominated for an Exceptional Achievement Award by tutor Sajid Hussain at the annual COLS (College Outstanding Learner Success) Awards in December 2014.

Sajid said: “Tom excelled in his studies and did not give up and proved himself to all the tutors that he is a truly exceptional student, not afraid to put in hard work and effort.

“As a result he has already come a long way and we believe he has a lot of potential and will continue to persevere to reach his goal for a brighter future.”
Tom was selected to represent his peers when Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith visited Kirklees College in January and is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassador.

Kirklees College is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week - 9-13 March.
The college offers the widest range of work-based learning opportunities to young people in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Apprentices do real jobs and earn while they learn. Building knowledge and skills on the job, they train in the workplace and gain a qualification at college.
Apprenticeships take one to four years and are open to anyone over 16, living in England and not in full time education. The college works with employers to deliver the programmes to ensure the right skills are developed.

To find out more about Apprenticeships with Kirklees College visit

The college is also holding open evenings at Dewsbury/Batley School of Art on Tuesday 10th March; and at Huddersfield Centres on Thursday 12th March, both 5-8pm (last admission 7.30pm).

Thomas Fox