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Jake Havenhand

I’m currently studying the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (welding/fabrication). I came to MidKent College as I wanted to get some more experience in the engineering world and felt like that would best the way to get into engineering instead of going straight into an engineering job.

I started my Level 2 in Engineering straight after school and did that for two years and then went onto the Level 3 for two years. I then got an apprenticeship with MEMS power generation, in Gillingham. Once I have completed the NVQ side of things I will be qualified in welding and fabricating.

Whilst doing the Level 2 and 3 I was working for my uncle, for my work experience, so I did a lot of building work, all sorts really from drainage to working on trucks, anything to do with engineering really. I did that whilst doing three days a week at College.

Once I got my apprenticeship I started doing the welding on the job as well as College. The whole College experience has been really good; I’ve learnt so much from it, all the tutors have been so good to me, they have helped me through the process of finding a proper career and it’s gone really well. 

The facilities are really good as well, there’s more than you need! There’s always stuff to work on. For my apprenticeship I come into College one day a week. My work has been really supportive, they were the ones who encouraged me to do the programme. I would recommend doing an apprenticeship as you get more experience doing the trade especially when it comes to fabrication and welding.