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Nursery Nurse makes a life changing decision to be a Motor Cycle Mechanic


Hugh Baird College Motor Cycle student, Deborah Moore, has recently completed her Level 3 course and is one step closer to her dream role of being a fully qualified Motor Cycle Mechanic.

Before starting at Hugh Baird College, Deborah had enjoyed a career as a Nursery Nurse spanning 21 years. She opted for a career in the childcare sector in order to help her fit in work around raising her family. Despite finding the career rewarding, she had long harnessed a desire to work in the motor mechanic industry.

Deborah had discovered her passion for all things mechanical from an early age thanks to fixing and riding bikes for her Uncle. In 2017, she made the brave decision to leave her position as a Nursery Nurse and take the first steps towards her dream career.

Deborah enrolled onto Hugh Baird College’s Level 1 Motor Cycle course and was extremely nervous. She worried that she could potentially be the only female in the class and due to the time she’d spent away from the classroom, she doubted her own academic ability. Her concerns turned out to be unfounded and Deborah amazed tutors with her vast range of knowledge. This resulted in her progressing quickly to the Level 2 Motor Cycle course.

Motor Cycle courses at Hugh Baird College help students to develop the knowledge and practical skills needed by service technicians working on Motor Cycles in all types in garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. Students not only enjoy working on engines in real life practical workshops to develop a deep understanding of engineering and mechanical theory, they also undertake work experience at local employers in order to fine tune their skills and become work ready.

During the course, Deborah along with the other students in her class, attended the bike show in Birmingham and had multiple guest speakers such as employees from Halfords and Fuchs oil. These visits further enhanced Deborah’s knowledge of the job opportunities open to her at the end of the course.

Deborah understood the importance of gaining quality work experience and she decided to begin her quest to secure a placement opportunity that would enable her to further advance her skills. Despite suffering a number of disappointments, Deborah remained focussed and her determination paid off as she was offered a placement at Yamaha, Wigan. Deborah impressed the team during her time at the firm and the company offered her a part time position that fitted around her college timetable. This enabled her to learn and work at the same time.

But Deborah had more to celebrate because after completing her training at the College, she was offered a full-time position at Yamaha, Wigan.

Paul Fowler, After Sales Manager at Yamaha, Wigan, said:

Deborah is a valuable member of the team, she works exceptionally hard day in, day out. She puts 100% effort into everything she does and it has been great to watch her grow in confidence and knowledge. I am certain she will have a successful career ahead of here at Yamaha.

Deborah Moore, said:

I am so glad I took the jump into the unknown. I met lots of people with the same ambitions and love of motorbikes as me. I have loved every minute of my time at Hugh Baird College, especially the practical workshop sessions. My tutors were amazing, they were so committed to helping me achieve my goals and the College also helped me with financial support. The financial aspect had always been a sticking point for me as I’d always question how I was going to afford to make the career change. But if you want something enough then you make it work. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.

Geoff Wilding, Hugh Baird College Motor Cycle Tutor, said:

Deborah was a model student during her time with us here at Hugh Baird College. To have the confidence to pursue such a huge career change is remarkable. Her enthusiasm to learn was insatiable and it is this, coupled with her determination, that has got her to where she is today. I am over the moon that she has found a full time job within the industry. It is well deserved.

For more information on Motor Cycle courses at Hugh Baird College, please visit: https://www.hughbaird.ac.uk/subject-area/motor-vehicle-cycle-engineering or alternatively, please call 0151 353 4444.

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