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Cameron Walker


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Cameron was a pupil at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School before studying a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Manufacturing at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre.

Having gained skills across the spectrum of Engineering including Fabrication, Welding, CAD/Drawing, Maths, Science and Materials, Cameron became a professional in the field of Manufacturing.

The College boosted his employability prospects, allowing him to progress onto University study and work within a Degree Apprenticeship role. He now works for BAE Systems while reading Aerospace Engineering in hopes of becoming a highly skilled Aeronautical Engineer with a world-leading employer, working on some of the most advanced aircraft.



Aside from the theoretical and practical skills engineering students gain while studying the course, Cameron attended trips to engineering museums and local companies to get a feel of the engineering profession first-hand. In addition to this, having many external guest speakers come in and talk about their profession and the engineering industry gave Cameron the true view of what manufacturing is all about.


Plessey Black

Computer Aided Design and Engineering

Teaching Computer Aided Design & Engineering and Drawing at Level 3, Plessey is passionate about bringing Engineering to life at Burnley College. With 8 years of experience in Computer Aided Manufacturing & Programming and Setting, she is keen to pass her knowledge on to her students within the Engineering division.

Plessey has completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering and Manufacturing alongside a CertEd Professional Qualification. She also has 8 years of experience in Communication Systems in the Royal Navy, giving her a unique set of skills and knowledge to inspire her students.

“Engineering is a unique and beautiful industry. Having the opportunity to visualise an idea and bring it to life is something I’ve always admired. And it never stops there; there’s always room to redesign and make improvements. There’s a constant learning curve and the industry is always evolving through mind-blowing advancements in technology.”


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