Hi im a new member (ive been reading the posts for the last 3 yrs)
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I am after some advice in regards to my 19yr old son.
He has just taken part in the worldskills UK finals and has really enjoyed the process and competition. He is currently on an apprenticeship with a local casting company working towards a HNC in mechanical engineering.Although he enjoys the job his heart is set on a carreer in CAD. As you are most likely aware the CAD part of the HNC outside of Scotland is only one part of the whole course. He has managed to get to the final mostly through his own efforts due to the lack of knowledge at his college or workplace once a higher level is introduced. Most of the competitors had completed some form of formal cad training or were HND CAD students and i feel with the right training or enviornment he could really excell. I am very proud he was able to qualify for the finals despite his lack of mentoring. As a carpenter i find it difficult to advise him as to his choices. As i have read posts on here i have been amazed at some of the experience and brilliance of some of the posters.
I took some copies of his cv to the competition as there were alot of companies on show. It has been suggested that he opens a linked-in page and that the cv route was pointless as they would not reach the correct people. He is based in Mid Wales so is close to the Midlands. He has been using inventor and solidworks (please keep on topic and not turn into which CAD software is the best) He can work from drawings and take the design through to the animation stage but most of this is his own methods which do work. He had quite a few processes to carry out at the comp that he had never done before so resorted to youtube on the night between the two days of competition as his tutor did not know how to do the tasks.
I am looking for your collective experience and advice. He has a*'s in most gcse's but knakered his as levels up so pulled out and found his own apprenticeship which i am proud of as he did not just sit on his backside. He has been shortlisted for apprentice of the year in the casting community, i just feel he could reach his full potential in CAD with the right career choice.
Any advice is appreciated