Ash has always had a keen interest in cars growing up, which led him towards choosing an automotive college course. After finishing school he looked around several colleges before deciding that Eastleigh College was right for him, plus he had heard good things about the College through family and friends who had studied here.
Starting at Level 1, Ash progressed through to Level 3, but was offered a job before he could even complete the final year! Ash said, “One of the lecturers had contacts with Winchester Skoda, and he arranged some work experience for me over the summer holidays. I then applied for an Apprenticeship with them and was selected from over 200 other applicants. Even though I hadn’t finished my course, I wanted to take it because I knew what I could achieve.” Ashley’s lecturers were ecstatic that he had got the job, and encouraged him to progress onto the Apprenticeship.
Once at Skoda, Ashley was required to complete Skoda’s Apprenticeship scheme which involved going back to Level 1 and working his way through to Level 3 again. However, the course involved more technical aspects related to Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars, which mean Ash was learning more specialist skills than before.
During his training with Skoda, Ash was set coursework which complemented the topics learnt at the National Learning Centre in Milton Keynes, for example advanced engines or advanced gearboxes. Ash always completed his work ahead of time and to an exceptional standard, which prompted his teachers to nominate him for Skoda’s Student of the Year.