WHEN YOU ARE passionate about a subject, learning can be fun - as vocational training school graduate Ivan Lam Wai-fung discovered. Mr Lam, 23, failed the HKCEE English exams twice before joining the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) to study for a foundation diploma, which later enabled him to take a three-year higher diploma in automotive engineering. 'My English has always been weak. As I did not have a pass in English, I couldn't even get into the certificate courses offered by IVE for my initial try,' he said. After failing English on his second attempt, Mr Lam was advised to study for a foundation diploma as a bridge to the higher diploma in automotive engineering. Currently a technician apprentice, Mr Lam said his passion for cars was the driving force behind his interest in the engineering diploma. 'The course went really fast. I just enjoyed studying it as it was all about things I like and want to know about.' Mr Lam wants to run his own garage one day, but he knows that he will have to work hard to realise this dream. 'That is why I am studying a part-time mechanical engineering degree. It is always good to know more about your speciality,' he said.