David's storySoftware Engineering
After moving to Glasgow from Iran over two years ago, 23 year old Maryam was unsure whether she wanted to continue her studies to become an architect.
She was keen to start earning money but needed help to learn more of the English language. This led to her taking part in a pre-apprenticeship programme set up with Arnold Clark, Skills Development Scotland and City of Glasgow College.
The programme was open to students studying English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class and when completed, it could lead to an Automotive Apprenticeship with Arnold Clark.
Maryam's apprenticeship has helped her develop her English language skills. She enjoys training in an all-female group and they have all a similar knowledge of cars and mechanics.
She also thrives on solving problems such as working out what is wrong with each car and having the skills and ability to fix it.
I wasn’t worried about being a female in a predominantly male industry. I have the view that it shouldn’t matter about gender.
Maryam wants to continue in her apprenticeship to achieve her qualification and learn more of the English Language. She hopes to develop a successful career in the automotive industry.
Her dream is to specialise in electric cars or motorsports and one day become one of the leading female mechanics in this area.