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One step closer to achieving her dreams

Our recent Automotive Engineering graduate, Fiona Barrett, is one step closer to her dream of starting a workshop run by females.

Fiona always had a passion for anything ‘motor’. Growing up, she would work with her father fixing vehicles, boats, and even lawnmowers. Once a stay-at-home mother, it was not until her daughter’s 5th birthday that she realised her true calling – “to become a grease monkey” as everyone in her family once predicted she would be. Upon asking what led her to enrol at Future Skills, she replies that it was the warm family-orientated environment. “Being a part of such a family orientated environment was something worth waking to every morning for 26 weeks,” she says. Fiona loved the balance between theory and practical that the programme involved, from learning the basics of theory to working hands-on assembling and disassembling engines. In her words, it involved “a lot of effort, concentration, and enjoyment”. While Fiona is thankful to the entire team at Future Skills for making her learning journey a memorable one, she particularly mentions her tutor, Joe Alo who she says is absolutely amazing. “His encouragement and knowledge in the field of automotive made it a lot easier to learn.” she says. For all new and prospective students, Fiona has a piece of advice: “Do not think. Do it. You will find even when you’ve completed your course you will not want to leave.” Fiona is due to start her apprenticeship in April which will help her become a fully qualified mechanic. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.