Engineering Students Inspired to ‘Get In, Go Far’
Taking place at the College’s new £3.6 million Engineering and Construction Skills Centre, a day of practical work, employability and assessment was recently held at Riverside College for prospective Engineering Apprentices.
Previous Apprentices from the College, who are in full time employment or studying towards engineering degrees, returned on the day to inspire the students with their experience and give them the opportunity to ask questions and gain career advice on securing an engineering apprenticeship.
Alex Tague, formerly of Wade Deacon High School, was one of the returning students involved. Alex now works full time with Jaguar as a tool maker and was eager to take part. He commented “I’m fortunate enough to have secured full time employment since my time at Riverside and I hope that today’s events have given current students the same encouragement and experience that I received during my studies.”
Adam Condron, a former Wade Deacon High School student, is currently working full time at Midas Engineering Supplies Ltd while also studying the HNC Mechanical Engineering course at the College. Adam, who was recently shortlisted for Merseyside’s GMLPF Halton Apprentice of the Year Award, said “It was fantastic to come back to the College to help out and speak with the students today.”
Michelle Obrien, from Widnes, was another former student who returned to take part. Since her time at Riverside, Michelle has progressed to University, where she is studying a degree in Electronics and Electrics.
Following on from the day, successful students will be selected for prestigious work placements with local employers, including Fiddlers Ferry Power Station.
The event was designed to enhance the employment opportunities of the current college students and give them assistance in producing an impressive CV. Sessions were held in three engineering disciplines; welding, electrical and mechanical engineering. Each session featured a practical task to stretch and challenge students, with work then evaluated by college tutors and engineering apprentice experts.