Hamzah Ahmed Level 3 Extended Diploma Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Hamzah Ahmed
“My career accomplishments at the age of 27 is a direct result of Blackburn College and the brilliant staff there."

“I am truly grateful for the guidance I received from the Engineering department during my time at Blackburn College. After finishing Electrical/Electronic Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma, I progressed to the National Grid training programme – equivalent to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

 “I later spent two years studying at Aston University, where I attained a BEng (Hons) Professional Engineering (Power Systems) and was awarded Best Project by the University for my work in the field of renewable energy. The work I produced during this time was later adopted by my employer – National Grid. My role at the National Grid involved ensuring the electricity network in the South of the country is operated safely, securely, efficiently and in a profitable manner.

 “I now work for Energy Systems Catapult which is a consultancy company that offers advice on companies wanting to transition to becoming net zero. I really enjoy it and find it’s a new challenge every day.

 “The UK has a target to become fully net zero by 2050 so with the funding from the government, we help companies that need our expertise to become net zero.

 “Since graduating, I’ve become an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Engineering via the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering – a global engineering prize that rewards and celebrates engineers responsible for ground-breaking innovation in engineering.

 “I have also returned to Blackburn College and spoken to students about how to get into STEM directly from College and what opportunities are available to students after College. It’s a delight to be back and I hope to inspire the next generation of engineers.

 “My career accomplishments at the age of 27 are a direct result of Blackburn College and the brilliant staff there."