A 63-YEAR-OLD man will soon begin his final year at South Birmingham College after deciding on a radical career change just two years ago.
Wilayat Babri, from Billesley, spent most of his life working as an engineer for the airline industry before enrolling on an electrical course at the Hall Green-based college.
Will, as he is known to his friends, is enjoying his time studying and hopes to run his own business when fully qualified.
"The opportunity to study at South Birmingham College has changed my life, and will hopefully open up many more opportunities for me," he explained.
"The college has been a great support, through assisting me financially, to giving me the knowledge and new skills taught by some of the best and most enthusiastic lecturers who really do care about your well being and prospects."
After applying for dozens of jobs, Will turned to South Birmingham College when he found out that many companies were not willing to offer training to people over the age of 60.
He briefly thought about becoming selfemployed before wanting to study air-conditioning.
But it was his current lecturer, John Collins who helped Will make the decision to train as a electrical installer.
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