When Daivam Djassi first came to the UK he couldn’t speak English and was looking for a new start. Fast forward five years and now Daivam is moving a step closer to his goal of studying to become a pilot.
Originally from Portugal, Daivam first moved with his mother to France, then Spain and finally to Dagenham, aged just 15. On his arrival, his first point of call was to visit Barking & Dagenham College so that he could begin his studies.
Despite not knowing the language, he signed up to study for his GCSEs as continuing his education was very important to him. Over the years, Daivam has shown real determination and his hard work has certainly paid off. After his GCSEs, he decided to start studying for a BTEC in engineering, which he has just completed.
Daivam is now going to university to study Aerospace Engineering, on his journey to fulfil his dream of becoming a commercial pilot.
“Since moving to Dagenham, I have found stability and friends. The college has helped with that too because the teachers have been so good to me. I’m now on my way of achieving my goal of becoming a pilot.”
The East London Institute of Technology is home to industry standard training labs containing high-end equipment to give students hands-on training in advanced engineering and robotics. Students train in three specialised labs, a Mechatronics & Industry 4.0 Lab, a Fluid Power lab, and an Electric Power Technology lab.