Sammy Veck

Chosen from over 900 applicants for an Arkwright Trust Engineering Scholarship


Sammy completed her GCSEs at the same time as studying for a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at Alton College.  With the support of the Scholarship, she joined us full-time to study AS level Mathematics along with the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering – a full-time two-year course equivalent to three A Levels.


“I didn’t expect to get the Scholarship, there were so many talented people nominated.  I was both delighted and excited to join Alton College full time.  It developed my skills even further and helped me push the boundaries.



Matt Falzarano

Studied Extended Diploma in Engineering at Alton College


“In engineering facilities are more important than in many other subjects.  Until now, at Alton college, we’ve not had dedicated space for our course and have had to share facilities with other departments.  This new Centre will provide a better learning environment.  Engineering is everywhere but it can’t be learnt everywhere.  Facilities are a big deal to students and the new Centre will attract more students who want to study Engineering and Design Technology.


Mark MacCormack

Former student. Supply Chain Optimisation Specialist with Air Products UK


“For me, Alton College was a brilliant stepping stone between school and university.  It provided excellent learning support and allowed me to gain a maturity that enabled me to manage my own time effectively once I started at university.


Engineering continues to struggle to recruit the best candidates.


The new state-of-the-art Engineering Centre at Alton College would provide added inspiration for young people interested in science and mathematics who may otherwise not consider engineering as a career path.  It will also provide those who already want to pursue engineering with a top quality facility to aid their development.  I fully support the College’s plan to develop the Centre.”


Jess Charter


Following a motivational speech from Sir Simon Robertson at our launch event in the Ironmongers’ Hall, Jess was inspired to apply to Rolls Royce for their ‘Year In Industry Scheme'. She was awarded a place at their base in Derby. Jess is so enthusiastic and a complete inspiration for other young women considering a career in the STEM industries.


Jess is pictured here with her Hammock which was her final piece for her Design Technology Resistant Materials A-Level.


I have spent my year in Industry working for Rolls-Royce plc working in the Rotatives Manufacturing Systems’ team in the Gas Turbine Supply Chain.


Working with an internationally renowned company has given me an insight to how a successful business operates, and has taught me how to manage my time and develop my leadership and communication skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement and would recommend a Year in Industry placement to all Alton College students.


Thomas Jamieson


Production Support Engineer,

McLaren Racing and former student.


“ I studied BTEC Mechanical Engineering at Alton in 1993.  This gave me an excellent,

broad grounding in engineering manufacture, and since then I have started my career,
working in many different sectors such as automotive, nuclear and now in motorsport.

I now use powerful CADCAM systems to produce components on the latest CNC machining centres for our F1 car.


To see our success on-track adds to the job satisfaction!  It’s important to maintain the relevance of engineering training to advances

in industry; students need to be versed in modern methods to get the best start when
they enter the jobs market.  This is a fast-changing industry which needs to be the engine of our economy.  At McLaren we use cutting-edge solutions to produce highperformance components; it’s vital that the industry has a supply of new engineers trained on the most
up-to-date systems.”

Jamie Auburn


Studied Maths, Physics, Design Technology and Electronics A-levels and will now begin a BAE Systems Surface Ship Technician Apprenticeship (4 years). “I have really enjoyed my time at Alton College and the teaching and teachers have been really good, fun and interesting. My initial plans were to study Design Engineering at University, preferably at Loughborough where I was offered a place.  However, whilst looking for Universities I read about the BAE Systems Apprenticeship Scheme. The more I looked into it the more it appealed to me, so I applied. The application process was quite daunting but out of many applicants I was selected for one of the 5 places. I am looking forward to starting in September and being paid whilst attending College for the first year”.

Contact the fundraising team:

01420 592200