Work Experience Leads to Career Success for Mario

Solihull College & University Centre engineering student Mario Kurti, 18, is celebrating after securing a job for Protec European Events. Mario, from Smiths Wood in Solihull, studied a Level 1 Engineering Course where work experience was an essential part of the programme.

Mario spent his two weeks working at Protec European Events. The company are responsible for creating event and exhibition experiences. Working on large scale special projects, to sophisticated corporate gatherings, the specialist technical teams help engage audiences across the UK and Europe.

‘When I first started, it was quite daunting. Everything was on a bigger scale’ Mario admits. He was responsible for equipment management, checking in and out and loading equipment for major companies and exhibitions. Mario had 3 mentors at his work showing him the ropes and was thrilled to be offered a job at the end of his work experience.  Accepting a part-time role while he studies at college, Mario now splits his time between college and work. His job has more responsibility and he is thriving.

On his subject, Mario states, ‘I’m really passionate about engineering. I’m constantly learning. I like the control and the design element. It has been really good working off my own back and independently too’.

Engineering is just another in the young man’s list of talents. He enjoys shooting, editing and learning design. ‘I like to keep evolving and moving forward. I just want to continue following my passion. To excel in engineering you really have to have a good work ethic. I always arrived 10 minutes early and made sure I finished the job’.

Pete Harewood, Work Experience Coordinator commented, ‘Mario has done really well to secure a job doing something that he has a passion for, which helps when combining work and college’.

Mario studied at the College’s Woodlands Campus. The campus boasts a number of engineering workshops and a new robotics lab, amongst a range of other industry standard facilities. To find out more about engineering courses at Solihull College & University Centre please visit www.solihull.ac.uk.

Mario @Woodlands campus
Mario in his engineering workshop at Woodlands campus