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Welding graduate Mikael Taylor found that school wasn't working for him, so he decided to make a career out of welding. He has successfully completed the National Certificate in Welding (Level 3) programme. Recently, we had the chance to catch up with him and ask a few questions.

Why did you choose future skills?

I was looking to leave school as I wasn’t doing very well and that's when my dad saw an ad in the local newspaper. I had a look at the course options and welding caught my eye. I had been doing a bit of welding here and there so I thought I’d choose that as a career.

Where are you working now?

I am currently at M&H Contractors but I’m hoping to get a full time job with Waste Management or another company.

What were the best things about your programme?

The best things were learning new welding methods and processes. I particularly enjoyed plasma cutting and oxy-fuel cutting.

What can you tell me about some of the people you’ve met at Future skills?

Everyone is friendly, outgoing and helpful. We all get along well.

What would you say to someone looking to study at Future Skills?

To all the kids out there who are stressing out over exams and wondering if they are going to pass or fail, if they will have enough credits, or if school is worth it, for some people school is worth it but for me it wasn't. I was in trouble almost every day - getting calls home, detentions, etc. 

If you think school isn’t for you or you get in trouble constantly, find a course that you’re interested in and want a career in and tell your parents. If there is anything at Future Skills that interests you, give it a go. It is a nice environment to study in and the tutors are very friendly. 

I left school and now I have my Level 3 qualification in welding and will hopefully have my 2980 certification soon (which certifies me to weld up to 24mm steel). Doing this course has helped me take my skills to the next level and helped me acquire knowledge in welding, gas cutting, and plasma cutting.

How has future skills helped you prepare for your next steps?

It has given me more knowledge and now that I have qualifications, it’s going to make getting a job easier.