Leam Antonio

Automotive

Diploma in Automotive Maintenance & Repair Principles (Level 1)

“The lecturers were very thorough – we had to repeat tasks again and again in the workshop to ensure that if we went into a garage tomorrow we knew what we were doing and why we were doing it.”

Leam Antonio decided to return to College to move his career in a different direction. After several years in the construction industry as a roofer and a young family at home he enrolled into the Diploma in Automotive Maintenance and Repair Principles (Level 1) at Fraserburgh Campus.

Leam said, “As well as roofing I also used to do a lot of professional driving – cars and buses – so I’ve always been keen on vehicles and understanding what goes on under the bonnet. As a young lad I worked in the local garage and did local farm work so I already had a basic knowledge of motor vehicles.

“I wanted the opportunity to change direction and that’s why I decided to go back to College. I’m a bit older than most of the other students in the class and I’ve had to balance family life with college work and working part-time but I managed. In fact, it’s a bit harder now we are in lockdown and I now have to be a teacher to the kids as well!”

The course provided Leam with the knowledge and understanding behind the basic skills. He said, “The lecturers were very thorough – we had to repeat tasks again and again in the workshop to ensure that if we went into a garage tomorrow we knew what we were doing and why we were doing it.”

Leam hopes to be able to find work in a local garage or work for himself. He is realistic about the prospect of finding work initially due to the impact of COVID19 but believes that he has a number of options open to him.

“I’ve been self-employed before and this is something I will definitely look at. Also, there is the option to progress at College in Aberdeen on the Level 2 course.”