Mason said: “In August, I will be joining the Royal Armoured Corps. I have considered different career paths but this was the one constant throughout. I also have some family that were in the forces and I think I am well suited to it.”
“To be selected to join the army, I had to do a series of tests. After applying online, I went along to a careers centre to talk about my options. I then went to the assessment day and had a weekend of physical tests, team building and exams. The final stage is the interview; this is where you find out if you have been successful for the roles you had selected. I was so happy when they came back to say I could pretty much go for all the roles I had applied for.”
“I joined UTC Swindon in Year 10 and then stayed on in the sixth form. I liked the engineering courses offered, and after looking around, I had made my decision. I’m really pleased I made that choice; I don’t think I would have achieved the GCSEs I did anywhere else. The smaller class sizes help a lot because the learning is tailored more to your individual needs.”
“There is also a lot of support and guidance on your career path. I already knew I wanted to join the army, but if I didn’t, I know I would have been supported with other routes. Coming to UTC Swindon has definitely helped me prepare for my next steps after education.”
We wish Mason the best of luck and a bright future ahead.