The 23-year-old, from Newmains, has just finished the second year of his GA in Engineering: Design and Manufacture at UWS. The apprenticeship sees Aaron working full-time in his role as a CNC engineer, alongside one day a week of study at UWS’s Paisley Campus.
This year, he won the prestigious Hammermen Award for Engineering Students and Apprentices, recognising him as one of the most promising young engineers attending university in the Glasgow area.
Having previously completed a Modern Apprenticeship with Swissmatic, the GA has given Aaron the chance to further develop his skills and experience.
Aaron said: “My manager and I were looking for ways to progress my education further. The Graduate Apprenticeship was a really good fit.
“I want to keep pushing myself forward and keep picking up new knowledge. I’ve gained a better understanding of the theory behind my job, and seen how it applies to my work. I really enjoy it.”
Graduate Apprenticeships have been developed by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with industry and further and higher education sectors.
Graduate Apprenticeships are a new way for individuals to get qualified up to Masters degree level whilst in paid employment.
They are designed by employers and offered in key sectors that need skilled employees.
Fiona Kennedy, Graduate Apprenticeship Manager at UWS, said: “Graduate Apprenticeships are a great way of combining hands-on learning with study, and our apprentices, like Aaron, really see the benefit."