Raheem Arif studied Engineering and Manufacturing Levels 1, 2 and 3 South & City College Birmingham. Now at university studying Engineering Business Management, Raheem agreed to speak to our Alumni Team about his experiences of college and how they helped him get where he is today.
“If I had not enjoyed my time studying Manufacturing Engineering at South & City College so much, I would not be here at university today,” said Raheem.
“The best gift was working with the teachers,” he continued. “John Gabriel and the rest supported me all the way through and made sure I understood everything for the best results.”
The Engineering and Manufacturing programme at South & City College Birmingham is designed to give students like Raheem the practical skills they need to work in modern engineering and manufacturing, or progress to an apprenticeship or Higher Education at university.
Skills learned include the use of hand tools, basic maths and science in engineering, turning and milling, CAD, CAM, design, engineering principles, health and safety and practical engineering and fabrication.
At Level 3 students further develop their existing practical skills, building on them in the workshop by fabricating complex engineering components.”
Raheem chose to use his new qualification to apply for a degree in Engineering Business Management at Coventry University. He shared his experiences of university so far.
“The highlights of university so far have been the trips to Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens to gain data for our projects in things like supply chain and logistics management,” he said. “It’s also been amazing meeting new friends from all around the world, not forgetting to mention my internship to Switzerland in the summer.”
Of course, university life doesn’t come without its challenges.
“The greatest challenge is to work in a group and gain the best results,” said Raheem, who has clearly overcome this obstacle and has already started planning his career after university.
“My aim is to work for Aston Martin because I have worked for JLR, Honda, Nissan but not Aston Martin,” he said.
Finally, Raheem had some words of wisdom to share to others hoping to enter the same industry.
“When I started college I nearly gave up, but I carried on and now I’m studying B/Eng Engineering Business Management - whatever happens, just don’t give up” he said.
We wish Raheem the best of luck in the future!