To date the learners have been involved with or are currently involved with the following activities:


Coast to Coast

As a final ‘bon voyage’ to the 1st year Maintenance learners the group have been invited to take part in what we hope to be an annual event. The iconic coast to coast challenge will see the group and tutors cover a total of 150 miles. The learners are ready with many purchasing new equipment just to take part they are that keen (this may change after day 1 of being in a saddle )

I’m sure the weekend will be one to remember with plenty of fun along the way, camping and stories that will never be told again.


MACH 2018

The trip to this bi-annual event has been organised by the maintenance tutors as an enrichment activity for the trainees. The exhibition combines displays from the leading engineering manufacturers alongside educational seminars and activities. The idea behind the trip is to demonstrate to the learners just how far engineering has advanced and give them an idea of the range of resources that are available.


NELSAM (North East Land Sea and Air Museum)

With the museum being literally on the learners doorstep the tutors have developed a link with the museum which will hopefully see the maintenance learners involved in a historic restoration project. The museum is solely ran on a voluntary basis and the potential offer of assistance from 35 budding maintenance technicians was very well received.

The learners following initial discussions will be allowed to work upon one of the museums recently acquired exhibits a self-propelled automatic gun (Not a tank as we were told quite sternly). This war relic is in need of a total strip down and rebuild and offers the learners an opportunity to use the skills they have learned whilst giving something back to a community project.


STEM Events

As part of the development programme all current 1st year learners have signed up to be ‘STEM Ambassadors’ working in collaboration with RTC Northern. The aim of the programme is for existing learners from within the engineering sector to advise and encourage KS3 and KS4 learners into the industry. This has been achieved by the learners attending school advice events, group sessions with Q&A and by learners presenting at the recent Nissan open evening for new recruits.

All of the participants have been actively engaged in the programme with further events planned at local career events and school open evenings. The current cohort are also scheduled to be involved with a session with recent applicants for the maintenance programme, in essence giving these potential recruits and insight into the journey that they have to come.


Sport Relief

As a fund raising idea arising completely from their own initiative decided to have a ‘non uniform’ day in aid of the sport relief charity. All members of the group attended the college wearing at least one item of sportswear to raise funds for the charity. Even the tutors got involved (they rarely need an excuse to get dressed up) and in total the learners raised an impressive £76, not bad for one groups attempt.


WISE Event Manchester

Molly Craggs a 1st year Maintenance trainee has been selected to attend the Science X  national event at Manchester. The event is focussed on the developmental of a female presence into the engineering industry and to dispel the myths that engineering is a male environment.  Molly is looking forward to the event and the chance to show just how wide the ranges of jobs are within the automotive and engineering sector.


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