West Notts College events aim to inspire new generation of engineers

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The wheels of industry were in motion at West Nottinghamshire College last week (15-19 April), thanks to a series of events and activities designed to inspire the next generation of engineers.

It came as part of the engineering curriculum’s first-ever industry week, which featured visits to engineering firms, talks from industry specialists and work placements with local employers.

On Tuesday, electrical and mechanical engineering students visited the Nottingham headquarters of Boots to learn more about maintenance engineering before seeing how the Newark plant of NSK Europe Ltd produces bearings for key industrial sectors.

Meanwhile, motor vehicle students visited Redfern Travel in Mansfield Woodhouse to see a bus company in operation.

On Wednesday and Thursday guest speakers from companies including E.ON, BAE Systems, Nottingham Express Transit, the Bloodhound Project, Boots, RAF Careers and Army Careers visited the college’s Acorn Way and Sovereign Way sites in Mansfield to talk to students about careers in the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, fabrication and welding, and motor vehicle sectors – addressing 250 learners over the two days.

More than 25 students took part in the industry visits while eight learners completed work placements at engineering and motor vehicle companies.

Curriculum manager for engineering Roger Martin said: “We’re proud to offer the latest engineering skills to our students but industry week further enriched their knowledge of the sector and introduced them to engineering specialists from a number of companies.

“We’re delighted that some of our students also went on work placements with businesses to give them an insight into real-life work environments.

“The range of activities lined up for students helped them put their newly-developed skills into practice while having the opportunity to speak to professionals about future careers.”