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Jason Singh

Jason Singh

Degree apprenticeship puts Jason on right track for rail engineering career

Securing an apprenticeship with global engineering group SNC-Lavalin was the perfect route into engineering for Jason Singh.
 
Now in his final year at college, he is taking a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering on day release at  Derby College’s Roundhouse as part of the in-house scheme.
Jason said: “Being on an in-house degree apprenticeship means the experience I’m getting is more relevant and hands-on – and I don’t have the debt associated with going to university.
 
“I have some good lecturers and they’ve been supportive during lockdown when we’ve not been able to go into college.”
 
He usually studies at the Roundhouse from 8.45am to 7.15pm one day a week.
 
Jason, whose interest in engineering started back in primary school with the Lego challenge, has always been good at maths. Working in the rail industry, a lot of his role is focused on management and maintenance of rolling stock and rail systems. But he’s also been involved in the dynamics and structural side as well.
 
Since starting his apprenticeship he has assisted his employer on several large projects, including a seven-month contract to create a maintenance strategy for a rail depot in Cambridge.
 
When he’s finished his degree, Jason, now 22, is hoping to gain some international experience with SNC-Lavalin’s overseas operations.
 
He said: “I’d like to work in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or possibly in Canada, where the group is based. I’ve always wanted to travel and see other cultures and this job offers that opportunity.”

Being on an in-house degree apprenticeship means the experience I’m getting is more relevant and hands-on – and I don’t have the debt associated with going to university.


I have some good lecturers and they’ve been supportive during lockdown when we’ve not been able to go into college.

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