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Case Study: Tom Owen, Degree Apprentice

HE Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year


Wigan & Leigh College

Wigan & Leigh College student, Tom Owen has high hopes for career progression in the engineering sector. His employer Severfield is supporting Tom through his studies and he completed the HNC level 4 qualification in Mechanical Engineering last year. Not only that, Tom also achieved the Higher Education Engineering Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year at the college’s Annual Apprenticeship Awards. The 23-year-old is now undertaking a HND in Mechanical Engineering. Alongside this, Tom gets to work on some world-class projects including Manchester’s Co-op Live £365 million arena — set to open in April next year and the new 52,888-seater Everton football stadium on the banks of the river Mersey.

Tom is hoping to become a Production Planner or secure a management or supervisory role after he has completed the degree apprenticeship.

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“Managing the workload is tricky but earning money and gaining independence through the degree apprenticeship route has been perfect for me, If I had gone to uni as a full-time student I don’t think I would’ve managed to get the work done. There would have been too many distractions.”

- Tom Owen, Degree Apprentice, HND Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Wigan & Leigh College offers cutting-edge machinery and workshops providing engineering students with some of the best facilities in which to develop the skills to become proficient engineers. Engineering courses are designed to prepare students to progress to university, degree apprenticeships, employment, and career progression.