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An eye on engineering - Kyle Bentley

Meet 17-year-old Kyle Bentley, who enrolled on the Level 2 Electromechanical Engineering course in September.

With his great grandad having worked for Rolls Royce, engineering was always something Kyle had aspired to do. After visiting a college open evening earlier in the year, he decided to venture further and enrolled onto the Level 2 programme at the Engineering Innovation Centre.

Over the next few months, we’ll be catching up with Kyle on a termly basis to follow up on his progress and projects, so don’t forget to check back and see how he’s doing.

  • Kyle Bentley's first day at college

    An open and adult-like environment

    November 2018

    “When I first came to college I didn’t know many people. A lot of school friends went to Nottingham to study. Four people from my school came here to study motor vehicle engineering, so I see them around, but I’ve made lots of new friends.

    “The college environment is so much more open and adult-like.”

  • Kyle Bentley working on a lath

    It’s a learning curve

    November 2018

    “I study three days a week and my typical week starts with tutorial, learning health and safety matters for the workplace. Then I do my practical work on the lath.

    “I am currently making a step shaft, which is like a bearing, and I’ve almost finished working on it.

    “Working on machines is great. I’ve worked on a mini lathe before, but these industry-sized ones are impressive. I have to work from drawings and be very precise.”

  • Kyle Bentlry studying in a library

    Functional skills

    November 2018

    “On this course I also study English and maths to get up to a level C. At school I got a grade 3 which is like a D, but it’s essential to get a good maths grade for engineering work.

    “I also study online safety related to engineering which will be essential when I go on work placement. I’ve found a placement already and I’m looking forward to it as it will see me working in a real-life engineering environment.”

Wider learning projects

November 2018

“I’m getting involved in a project which will see me design and make an irrigation system for the college allotment at the Derby Road campus. This very dry patch needs regular watering, so my system will catch the rain and keep the area watered.”

  • Kyle Bentley on work placement

    A bright future

    November 2018

    “After this course I want to get an apprenticeship and maybe study the Level 3 during that. I’m really keen to get a job and start earning to help me become independent.

    “My ideal job would be in rail engineering or working in the aerospace industry.

    “My advice for new students looking at engineering, is to concentrate but also relax. It’s not always about getting everything right in lessons. It’s about what you’re capable of and getting on-track. Be open to learning new things and enjoy it.”

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