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Ex student inspires future engineers

Martin McKie (Left) with Micheal Casey (right)

Hartlepool College students studying Engineering were given a masterclass in Engineering progression via ex-student Martin Mckie. Martin now works for Jaguar Land Rover in Birmingham as a senior engineer working in launch development and as a mentor to professional engineers. 

From starting a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering at Hartlepool College in 2001, Martin pursued Higher Education degree pathways resulting in national and international recognition and work that is both well paid and secure. Martin informed students of the vast opportunities in Engineering and the skills shortage in the UK; meaning there are lots of opportunities for students that pursue higher education pathways. Using Labour Market Intelligence students were then informed of local, regional and national opportunities by the college’s careers team and FutureMe adviser Tina Preston and Alan Cook. 

Alan Cook and Tina Preston


Speaking about options, student aspiration co-ordinator Alan Cook stated: “Engineers can earn starting wages 20% higher than other jobs in the UK, and there are many pathways that pay off. This includes Higher Apprenticeships, Higher National Certificate/Diploma pathways as well as traditional degree routes. With five universities local to us as well as a college like Hartlepool College that has a history of offering successful higher education, there is no better time to pursue higher routes into Engineering.”

Engineering Students in the conference centre

Students were then taken into the college’s specialist FutureMe Zone where they could research and explore Engineering roles and careers. Martin McKie, lecturers and careers advisers joined the students to inform them of their futures in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.  For more information on Engineering courses and opportunities with Hartlepool College please see our courses here
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