Dominic took on an apprenticeship after gaining his A-levels at Barrow Sixth Form College and has never looked back.
“I decided not to go to university and take the full-time education route,” he said. “I wanted to get into work and be a bit more hands-on, so I chose the apprentice route.
“I was over the moon when I was offered an apprenticeship at GSK as it’s a blue chip company in the area and so highly thought of.”
Dominic’s education has continued after his four-year apprenticeship as he is now studying towards a BEng in Mechanical Engineering on a four-year part-time course at Furness College.
“I’m currently in my second year of my degree and my goal is to get a Masters degree after that and go on to become a chartered engineer with the IMechE,” he said.
“The quality of teaching is exceptional in Cumbria as engineering is one of the key industries. I’m quite competitive at work and always keen to do well and push boundaries.”
Dominic’s determination has been recognised and he won the prestigious Whitworth Scholarship Award to help him continue his studies.
“I was elated by the news I’d won The Whitworth Scholarship Award,” he said. “I’ve been accepted on to the second year, so if it keeps going for the four years of my degree I’ll end up being a Whitworth Scholar.”
Through his apprenticeship at GSK, Dominic has also had the opportunity to meet the Royal Family.
“GSK sponsor the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and I was chosen to attend the prize-giving ceremony,” he said. “I shook hands with the Queen and spoke to her about my apprenticeship and my aims for the future with my degree and qualifications.
“I’ve got a completely different view on apprenticeships at 23 than I had at 16. I’d say to anyone who’s in the same position as I was then to do an apprenticeship. I’m doing my degree now and getting paid at the same time. It’s a no-brainer for me.”
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