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Would-be entrepreneur learns his craft

Time on the shop floor builds on degree for ambitious engineer

Ben Cohen

Age: 24
Occupation: Part-time manufacturing technician at Terex (construction machinery), while completing engineering qualification 
Location: Coventry  

At 24, Ben Cohen has no doubt about his long-term goal: to run his own manufacturing business. “I like designing and fixing things,” he says. His 14-month internship at Terex, as he completed a degree in agricultural engineering at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, has taken him a step closer to his goal. 

He says of his time at Terex: “I feel I’ve learned a lot about how I can make a contribution and add a practical element to what I’ve been taught in a classroom. After leaving university I hope to get into management [in an engineering company] and then after five-10 years start my own company.” 

Satpal Sokhi, head of engineering at Terex’s Coventry factory, says Ben has demonstrated “outstanding performance”. He adds: “The tasks Ben undertook with us were real-time projects that will enable the company to progress in the coming months. This guy has his career path mapped out and I am pleased that we were able to assist him on his journey.”