World Class University links for engineering apprentices

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Engineering apprentices from Bedford College have been linking up with world-wide experts at Cranfield University.

As part of a series of regular visits, Bedford College trainees have been visiting the Cranfield Operations and Excellence Institute to take part in problem-solving challenges using 3-D virtual reality technology.

The apprentices all work with world-beating employers such as Coca Cola, SMC at MK and Clarke Energy of Liverpool. They have enjoyed the opportunity, made possible by Bedford College, to learn from the transformational research experts at Cranfield, who specialise in the areas of aerospace, agrifood, defence, energy and environmental technology.

Dr Paul Jones, Research Fellow at the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing said the apprentices were a credit to Bedford College.

Bedford College leads in the placement of apprentices with some of the most advanced engineering companies in the world, who are based in Bedfordshire and Luton. 

A Bedford College team will be taking part in the first National Apprentices Show at Milton Keynes on 14 & 15 March - giving 1,000s of young people a chance to find out how to secure the best career prospects post 16. Young people have to stay in education until they are 18, but this does not have to be at school - it can be at an FE College, where they can set forth on a path towards a great career - and continue learning up to degree level whilst working.

On 14 April Bedford College will be hosting an Apprenticeship event at the Harpur Suite in Bedford from 5.00pm – 8.00pm.

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