Student Testimonials

Life at college is so much more than just sitting in a classroom, with incredible facilities, fantastic support and some amazing activities right on your doorstep. Hear what our students have had to say...

Luke McIlwrath

Luke McIlwrath

“I decided to enrol at SERC after going to an open night and seeing the workshop and the different tasks I would be carrying out during the apprenticeship. I had the chance to talk to the tutors and ask them questions which sold me on the course and its many benefits. I started the level 2 Apprenticeship in September 2020, and have since gone on to start my Level 3 in September 2022.” 

"My favourite part of being on the apprenticeship has been learning new skills. I am employed with A Reid & Son and have really enjoyed doing practical work and receiving on-site training which is giving me a lot of experience in this industry. It is good to work alongside other employees who are familiar with carpentry and joinery, and who I can get advice from if I need any help. The apprenticeship suits me because I prefer the blend of learning on campus one day a week, while spending the rest of the week with my employer gaining practical skills. Having a wage coming in to help pay the bills is also a big advantage.” 

“I think the standard of learning at SERC is great, and being taught by experts who know the trade makes me assured that I am on the right track. The tutors at SERC are easy going and treat you like an adult, which is something I like about coming on to campus. I would definitely encourage anyone who is interested in this trade to consider the apprenticeship route; it has been a good decision for me and certainly suits my way of learning.” 

“After I finish my apprenticeship, I would like to work towards becoming self-employed. I like the idea of having my own company and managing my own jobs, and SERC has definitely been a great start to help make this happen.”

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