Case study - Myles Gibson: ETI Technician
Myles Gibson was a student at the MET for four years, starting with Level 3 Engineering and progressing on to the HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. He shares his story here:
"I left school with one GCSE and had no idea what career path to take. After trying other jobs, I joined ETI in a soldering role and over time was promoted through the production lines. Having recognised my potential, ETI asked if I would like to go to college to study engineering.
The company had done so much for me, so I wanted to repay this and worked hard at my studies, improving my maths and really applying myself. I learnt that it’s never too late to start something new if you are willing to work hard for it.
I was a student at the MET for four years, starting with Level 3 Engineering and progressing on to the HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, which I successfully completed in 2018.
I am now an Electronics Technician at ETI and my employer suggested that I deliver a session at the College to support the local skills agenda.
My tutor, Kerry Cressey, invited me in to deliver a practical session to HNC year two students on operational amplification, which related to a method for testing that I had researched in my second year of studies.
I spent some time preparing and was quite nervous to begin with, but soon warmed up. The students were very motivated, which made the task easy.
We used a simulation on software before the students undertook the practical task. I didn’t get to see the students finish the practical task as we ran out of time, but Kerry told me that they all completed it well and got good results.
It was a real confidence boost to see people completing the tasks that I’d set for them and to see the moment when the concept clicked in their mind and they understood.
I’ve since helped Kerry in adding the MET brand to the software that the College uses and will hopefully return to deliver further sessions with the students.
I would definitely encourage other employers to consider sending their employees to share their knowledge with the students at the College. It’s a great experience, keeps ideas fresh and helps build confidence, particularly with younger employees. It’s also nice to play a part in helping the local skills agenda."
You can find out more about the part-time HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering here