Gabriella Jagger, who lives in Carluke, is a Year 3 student of VRQ in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles. She was one of the first students to use the £2.3million HGV Training Centre at our Motherwell Campus – and recently featured in our ‘Turning A Like’ campaign.
I chose to study Heavy Vehicle Maintenance because it was something different and unexpected, I guess because I’m very girly looking. The things that I most like about my course is how it's a pleasant environment to be in, because we can have a laugh and we help each other if we're unsure of anything. Another thing I like about it is how my lecturer, John Hendry, treats us with respect and explains things so that we can understand them.
The most important lesson I've learned is not to be afraid to ask a question, even if you think it’s stupid, because in the end you get your answer and you've learned something new. One of my favourite parts about being a student was when we were in the workshop and I had to climb under a truck because I was the only one small enough. It definitely made me feel appreciated!
The facilities in the HGV Training Centre are fantastic as we have everything that we need and even some extras, including an injector tester. If you're interested in an automotive course, then I would go for it, even if you find out that it’s not for you. You might surprise yourself and really enjoy it, like I have.
I’ve found being a student to be very different from being at school. I'm a little sad that I've only got one year left because it has been such an amazing learning experience. In ten years’ time I like to think that I’ll be building my own tank.
"One of my favourite parts about being a student was when we were in the workshop and I had to climb under a truck because I was the only one small enough. It definitely made me feel appreciated!"