Ryan Richards put his future into first gear when he applied for a Motor Vehicle course at Walsall College. During his course, he became a technician at the College, supporting Automotive staff and students. Things are moving even further, as Ryan is now undertaking an apprenticeship with Volvo Cars.
Ryan applied for the course after deciding that academic study wasn’t well suited to his career goals.
“When I gained my GCSEs, I decided I couldn’t do another two years of classroom education. I’m more of a practical person. The Motor vehicle course appealed to me, as it was very hands on. It was the best choice I’ve ever made”.
Two years into his course, he gained enough skills and experience to impress the College’s Curriculum Manager for its Automotive cluster, who agreed to take him on as a technician. During his role, Ryan helped staff prepare for lessons and supported students in their practical studies.
Between his course and part-time job, Ryan applied to several car repair companies, including Volvo Paul Rugby Birmingham.
“The manager at Volvo replied to me quickly. From what I’ve been told, the experience I gained from my job at the College, as well as the knowledge I developed during my education, made me the perfect candidate.”
The expertise he gained from Walsall College is showing in his new role.
“I attended the Volvo Training Centre in Daventry, which focused on ignition systems. This was new to the rest of my class. But due to what I learned during college, I was able to thrive and push forward with my training. I was even looking at fully electric cars and hybrids!
Throughout my time at Walsall College, I never realised the amount I had learnt. The training and workshops at Volvo has shown this to me in several ways. As an apprentice, I have already taught a technician some of what I’ve learnt at Walsall College.”
As for long-term goals, Ryan would like to work his way up to management or teaching.
“In years to come, I want to work my way up to workshop manager, or possibly even dealership manager. In the long term, I want to return to Walsall College as the technician, or maybe a tutor.”
For more information about enrolling on a course at Walsall College, please call 01922 657000.