19 year old Edward Flack is certainly in the driving seat of his career after securing a coveted Degree Apprenticeship with Ford.
A Degree Apprenticeship allows you to get a degree completely for free, as the employer pays all the fees, whilst at the same time earning a salary.
Talented Edward secured triple distinctions in his BTEC in IT at Barking & Dagenham College – the highest grades possible - and had lots of success in competitions, which clearly made him stand out as a candidate for the job.
At College he’s been able to take part in lots of valuable extra-curricular activities involving major employers and taken part in several exciting competitions.
Earlier this year, he took part in a nine-week ‘live’ project set by the Career Colleges Trust with Amazon Web Services and Comic Relief. Competing against students from 4 colleges, Edward and two fellow students from his course were crowned overall winners for their idea for a malaria app.
Earlier this summer, Edward won the regional heat of the World Skills 2018 IT Support Technician competition.
I feel really excited to start in a proper job; I've been working in a pub and doing coursework in my free time for so long, it's going to feel great to actually pursue a real career. I also get to go to university too - without the debt - so I get the best of both worlds!