When Ayub left school the internet was up and coming and everyone wanted to get in on the computer craze, so he signed up for a computer hardware course at Blackburn College. However, after four weeks Ayub realised it wasn’t practical enough for him and instead enrolled on his Motor Vehicle Mechanical Level 1.
Despite his parent’s initial unease about the change – they feared he would end up in a ‘dead end job’ – the course was much more suited to Ayub and allowed him to follow his passion for engineering and investigating how things work. He supplemented his learning with a part time job at his local VW dealership where he had previously completed a week’s work experience.
Ayub completed his Levels 1,2 and 3 top of the class and then successfully applied for an apprenticeship working as a Motor Vehicle Technician. His parents were still uneasy about his choice as he was earning less than his friends in their part time jobs but Ayub knew he was on the right path.
‘My teachers at Blackburn College kept me motivated and I was determined to keep going as I was doing something that I enjoyed.’
During his time as a Technician Ayub trained to become a Motor Vehicle Assessor.
‘This came as second nature to me as I was fully aware of the framework having studied the programme myself.’
Ayub then went on to become an Assessor at Blackburn College and studied for his Certificate in Education which enabled him to teach a number of sessions. At this point the motor vehicle industry was embarking on a big change, adding electronics to the engine systems. Ayub embraced this technology and completed his NVQ Level 3 in Vehicle Electronics.
With his list of qualifications ever growing Ayub moved on to Team Leader of the Auto Electrical Centre at the College and in 2014 was again promoted, this time to Head of Studies, Automotive – so much for a ‘dead end job’!
One of Ayub’s career highlights has been overseeing the creation of the College’s Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH) Centre. He worked with students, designers, architects and senior college staff to ensure the RATH would meet the requirements of industry. He has also been involved in a number of international projects including delivering training at the BMW Training Academy in Hangzou, China and working with students at the Lamborghini dealership in Cape Town, South Africa.
‘I love my job because the automotive industry isn’t just my career, it’s my hobby! I enjoy working with young people, helping them to achieve their goals and progressing into the industry. It’s great to work with local employers who are taking these young people on as apprentices and keeping the cycle going.’