Student hopes to continue his success and win UK finals of World Skills

15th November 2017

Tom Sach, 20, was entered into the World Skills Motor Vehicle competition last year by his tutors, and is now on his way to the UK finals in Birmingham, taking place Thursday 16th-Saturday 19th November 2017. If he is successful, he will go on to represent the UK in the World finals taking in Russia in 2019. With this exciting opportunity looming on the horizon we decided to interview Tom, to find out how he was feeling about this experience and the potential he could achieve. 

Why did you decide to study a Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship at North Kent College?

I originally came across this career when I did work experience at a garage. I never enjoyed school, and I discovered that I quite liked the the industry. I knew North Kent College provided the course and thought it was the best place to study.

Did you ever think you would get to this stage of the competition? How are you feeling?

It hasn't quite hit me yet. I didn't expect to get this far, so am feeling a little nervous. Definitely apprehensive, but calm at the same time.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I am youngest technician in the workshop, and I never pictured myself here at this age, but am still keen to progress further. I'm interested in potentially studying a Level 4 qualification to gain my Master Tech status. After that I want to work my way up in a dealership, and eventually become a service manager or workshop controller. 

How has entering competitions like World Skills helped you within your work, and vice versa?

The competition gave me the confidence to progress onto a new dealership, and take the next step in my career. I am now a vehicle technician at Guy Salmon Landrover Maidstone, and having the South East competition success (Tom is in the top 6 in the UK) on my CV definitely helped me stand out in the interviews. Work are very supportive of the competition, and it has definitely helped me feel more prepared for the UK finals.

If you win this weekend, you will be representing the UK in Russia in the World finals- how does that feel?

I would be proud to represent the UK. I've never won anything, so would definitely feel like I've achieved something!

What do you think of the World Skills Competition and the opportunity it gives to yourself and others?

I think it is a really good idea, especially as it shows off the countries little skills. Having a trade is a dying thing, and it broadcasts these to the world.

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship to others?

I was supported for 4 years by my tutors (Andy, Darren & Stuart) at North Kent College, so not only would I recommend an Apprenticeship, but also North Kent College as the place to study. If someone is willing to learn, North Kent College have got all the tools to help show you the way.

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