Ashleigh Sumner

An apprentice is progressing her career at an international company after studying a number of courses at Macclesfield College.

Ashleigh Sumner, who is now a Product Engineering Technician at Siemens in Congleton, attended Macclesfield College over a 5 year period as part of an apprenticeship scheme and has praised the staff, teaching and facilities.

“I attended Macclesfield College for a total of 5 years and every course was thoroughly enjoyable. The teaching staff I had during my time at Macclesfield College were always very approachable and more than happy to help in any way.

“The teaching I received was excellent as well, helping me achieve Distinctions throughout every module within a course. The facilities at the college such as the library and workshops offered everything required for the course content too.”

Ashleigh studied Functional Skills in ICT and took Electrical and Electronic Engineering to HND level after also studying a BTEC Level 3, NVQ Level 3 and HNC in it, and has revealed why Macclesfield College was chosen for the apprenticeship scheme.

“The college was selected due to the range of courses and modules that they offered and also because of the experienced lecturers running the courses.

“After completing my apprenticeship I did have the opportunity to attend another college that other apprentices were attending to continue onto the HND course, but due to the great experience and good relationships I gained with the lecturers at Macclesfield College, I continued the HND course there.”

Ashleigh graduated in 2016, being named Siemens Apprentice of the Year 2015 along the way, and is now encouraging others to follow in her footsteps, especially for Higher Education courses.

“From my experience I would definitely recommend Macclesfield College as a place of study for HE courses. The teaching and learning I received has allowed me to excel in the work environment and the courses I completed helped me gain a good knowledge of the electrical and electronic principles that are vital in my job.”

If you’re interested in studying at Macclesfield College, make sure you visit the courses section on our website: or call 01625 410000 to speak to a friendly member of our Learner Experience Team.