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Adam lives near to the depot in Stockport. Stagecoach will always try to place apprentices locally. SAM PICTON

Adam Ebdom-Parry explains to Elizabeth Howlett how he went from a university degree in automotive engineering to becoming one of Stagecoach’s apprentices of the year

As a child, the go-to present for Adam was always a Meccano or K’NEX set. Anything that involved building would hold his attention for hours. He has since rebuilt his own Yamaha R6 motorbike from the wheels up. His focus remained the same when he completed his A-Levels in 2010, leading him to study a Lancaster University accredited degree in automotive engineering.

He graduated with a 2:2 in July 2014. In the space of three months, Adam was taking the first steps to becoming an award-winning Mech/elec (mechanical electronics) apprentice at Stagecoach’s Sharston depot, Manchester.

School subjects

Adam knew that he wanted a job doing something he loved, and engineering was the obvious choice. At GCSE he chose Physics, Maths and Information Technology (IT). When it came to picking his A-Level subjects, Adam visited the school career officer. Adam explained: “The careers officer was really helpful. I was given all the information that I would need, advised on what subjects to study and the grades required.”

Adam passed his A-Levels in Further Maths and Physics, and once again visited the careers officer for the last step of his journey – further education.

“I was given information for university open days and a better understanding of the engineering courses out there,” he recalled. “It wasn’t until I went to an open day at Lancaster University that […]

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