It's never too late to get into engineering
The government this week announced millions of pounds of funding to be used to encourage school children to consider engineering as a future career as part of Tomorrow's Engineers Week. But, thanks to the Access to HE Diploma, there are also plenty of opportunities for adults in this growing area.
Engineers are the future - and engineers are in demand, according to the Tomorrow's Engineers Week campaign. And, with dozens of Access to HE courses in engineering and other related subjects across the country, adult learners have the opportunity to be part of this exciting recruitment drive.
Access to HE is designed for people who want to study in higher education but left school without the qualifications they need to secure a place. Last year, around 23,000 students achieved an Access to HE Diploma and more than 20,000 Access to HE students were offered a place at university or college.
According to Sally Iley, Access to HE senior tutor at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, engineering is a diverse and ever-growing employment sector and for many people, one of those areas that they may wish they had thought about more seriously at school.
'It is becoming increasingly evident that mature learners are using the Access to HE qualification as a route in to engineering later in their educational life,' she said.
'Access students often come with employment experience which has equipped them with valuable skills and knowledge to be able to apply to engineering. The Access to HE Diploma allows them to secure sound academic skills and knowledge to meet the entry requirements for a range of engineering degrees at prestigious universities.
'For example we currently have an Access learner who has worked for eight years as a qualified watch maker in Germany.
'On successful completion of the Access to HE Diploma he hopes to progress to Aeronautical engineering and as part of his current job has been undertaking work experience with a rocket engineering plant in USA - so anything is possible!'
As well as Access to HE diplomas in engineering, other courses such as science, physics and related subjects can also help students get on to an engineering course at university. Students who are interested can check the database of courses.