Cameron Stephenson, who attended St Helens College made his TV debut on Monday night in a Channel 4 programme in which teams attempt to build the longest model railway in the world.
Cameron, from Wigan, made an appearance in The Biggest Little Railway In The World tomorrow.
The TV series tells the story of one of Britain’s great unbuilt train lines. For decades, Victorian engineers proposed an ambitious railway bisecting the Highlands, only for the plans to be abandoned because of practical difficulties, high costs and infighting between rival tycoons.
To this day, there is no direct train service from Fort William to Inverness, forcing passengers to take a tortuous seven-hour trip via Glasgow.
But where Victorian pioneers failed, an army of toy train enthusiasts have come together to see if they can do better, uniting the Scottish settlements with the longest model railway ever constructed, covering the 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness.
Watch the series here
Cameron James Stephenson, one of the Connecting Classroom to Career Ambassador, that through hard work and dedicated support, progressed his way from a level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering to launching his own successful heritage restoration business, C.J.S Engineering.
Engineering alumnus, Cameron James Stephenson, is a shining example of how hard work and dedication delivers success, having set up his own successful engineering company at the early age of seventeen.
Cameron, from Wigan, has always been an avid steam train enthusiast, captivated by road, rail and stationary motive power. This passion for steam trains gave him the inspiration to start his company.
Using the skills and knowledge that he developed during his time at St Helens College, as well as work experience with time served engineers, Cameron launched C.J.S Engineering, which specialises in heritage engineering, providing a high-quality restoration service.
After completing his GCSEs at Cansfield High School, Cameron joined the level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering, which gave him the knowledge needed to understand the processes involved with running a successful workshop and helped him to gain access to employment opportunities for Network Rail on the West Coast Railways. He also gained valuable work experience at Fort William in Scotland, working on the famous steam train, The Jacobite, as support crew for Riley and Son (E) Limited.
Dave Pye, Engineering tutor at the college, commented on Cameron’s time on the course saying, “Cameron’s engineering journey has been a remarkable one. His ability was clearly apparent during the first term, in both classroom and practical sessions. His hard work, endeavour and willingness to learn new skills and knowledge has enabled him to succeed in all aspects of the course. As a result, he attained distinction grades in all 7 units, which is an excellent and well-deserved achievement.
He added, “His determination, helpfulness, attention to detail and quality of work have been major factors preparing and propelling this young engineering entrepreneur into the world of work, since founding his own successful heritage engineering business.”
Cameron was keen to credit the tutors on the course saying, “The tutors are fantastic, they are very enthusiastic about the work they teach and give you the help and guidance you need. They allowed me to have the most enjoyable experience and all I had to do was listen and learn and everything fell into place. St Helens College is the place where I found my passion for the future.”
His hard work continues to pay off as C.J.S Engineering continues to grow and develop esteemed partnerships with local businesses.