Motor Vehicle and Engineering

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Inspiring the next generation of inventors, designers and engineers, East Berkshire College is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Thames Valley Skills Show at Ascot Racecourse on 14th October 2014.

Providing a practical insight into a wide range of careers and courses, the College will deliver hands-on activities covering industries from catering and beauty therapy to engineering and construction.

For example, the College's engineering and IT departments will be demonstrating some of the latest technologies including a state-of-the-art 3D printer, a quadcopter, robotics and Raspberry Pi programming. Visitors to the show, which is aimed at 14-25 year olds, will have the chance to 'have a go' at making a jelly baby sing using Raspberry Pi programming, discover how to design and produce objects using the latest 3D printer, play a vegetable piano using a circuit board or even programme a quadcopter to fly.

The College will also be asking budding inventors to come up with a new use for everyday household items in a special reinvention challenge. For instance, a fire extinguisher could be transformed into a drinks dispenser.

The 2,000 young people attending the show will also have the opportunity to take part in a series of other interactive tasks designed by the college to inspire and challenge them. Highlights will include the chance to create beautiful and edible marzipan flowers, learn the art of sushi making, change a car wheel, take a spark plug challenge, try their hand at prop making or dressing a mannequin for a window display, carpentry challenges, sports agility tests and even nail art. The College's qualified careers advisers will also be on hand to deliver impartial advice on careers, courses and funding.

Principal Kate Webb, explains: "East Berkshire College is delighted to be part of the Thames Valley Skills Show as it is a fun and interactive way to highlight the almost endless career opportunities and courses available locally. At the event, the College will be providing young people with a chance to explore engineering, IT, catering, visual merchandising, sports, construction and motor mechanics through a series of hands-on activities. These will include prop making, sugar craft, nail art, plumbing, 3D printing and a reinvention challenge."

The Thames Valley Skills Show Experience will be the largest skills event for young people that Berkshire has ever hosted. In addition to East Berkshire College, over 60 employers and training providers will be exhibiting at the event including 3M, British Airways, Gillette and Marks & Spencer.

Pupils from schools across the Thames Valley will be attending the show from 9.30am-2.30pm, while from 3pm-6pm young people aged 14-25 are invited to visit the show by booking their place via www.tvskillsshow14.eventbrite.co.uk

The event is funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has been awarded funding from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency to deliver with its partners a programme of inspiring and interactive events throughout Thames Valley to raise awareness of skills, training and apprenticeships.

From catering and hairdressing to IT and engineering, East Berkshire College offers a range of over 800 courses, which include BTEC programmes, A Levels, GCSE pathways, apprenticeships and traineeships.

For more information on East Berkshire College, click here or call 0845 373 2500. For more details on the Thames Valley Skills show, please visit www.thamesvalleyskillsshow.co.uk

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Motor vehicle students from East Berkshire College were given an insight into different aspects of the automotive industry and tips on starting up a business from Refresh Autos Ltd, when they visited Langley College recently as part of a special enrichment programme.

The Reading-based mobile vehicle cosmetic repair company performed a series of demonstrations to over 100 students in Langley College’s extensive motor vehicle and engineering training centre. The workshops took place over five days and included a lesson in SMART repair techniques, including alloy wheel repair, as well as a talk on starting up and running your own business.  

Andy Rose, Managing Director of Refresh Autos, said: “It is great that the College includes an aspect of SMART repair in their motor vehicle courses. I believe it is important that students see different aspects of the motor trade and local businesses can play an important role in educating them. I’ve been in business for five years and it is good to be able to pass on some of my experience to the next generation. I was impressed by the level of enthusiasm from the students, they were keen to get involved and asked lots of valid questions.”

Leoric Hinze (22, from Slough), who is studying a Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 3 course at Langley College, found the enrichment week particularly beneficial:

“The demonstrations were very interesting and it was good to hear first-hand from someone who has started their own business. It has really made me think about the different opportunities available after I leave college. There are a lot more routes you can follow in the industry than I first realised.”  

Anthony McDonnell, motor vehicle lecturer at the College, explains: “We are always looking for innovative ways to teach and inspire our students. As part of our enrichment projects, we invited Refresh in to perform a series of demonstrations to broaden our students’ experience of the automotive industry.”

“It is great to have a local business give up their time in this way to help provide our students with an insight into another area of the trade besides that of automotive technicians and receive some useful advice on becoming self-employed.”

Langley College has an extensive purpose-built motor vehicle and engineering centre, which features the latest industry-standard equipment and materials. The motor vehicle facilities include a dedicated autotronics lab and the latest autologic diagnostic equipment, while the College has recently invested £70,000 in a state-of-the-art CNC Milling machine with computer simulators for its engineering workshop.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including motor vehicle and engineering, call 0845 373 2500.

refresh autos_350pxMotor vehicle students at East Berkshire College broadened their motoring horizons recently when Refresh Autos Ltd visited the Langley Campus, to give them a taste of different aspects of the automotive industry.

The Reading-based mobile vehicle cosmetic repair company performed a series of demonstrations to over 100 students in the College's extensive motor vehicle training centre. The workshops took place over two days and included a lesson in the art of alloy wheel repair.

Clive Hodge, Head of School for Engineering & ICT, explains: "At East Berkshire College, we are always looking for innovative ways to teach and inspire our students. As part of our enrichment projects, we invited Refresh in to perform a series of demonstrations in order to broaden our students' experience of the automotive industry."

"It is great to have a local business give up their time in this way to help provide our students with an insight into another area of the trade besides that of automotive technicians. The feedback from our students has been extremely positive and the visit has definitely got them thinking about the different career paths open to them."

Arsen Hyseni (16), who is in the first year of the Motor Vehicle Foundation course, found the demonstrations particularly beneficial. "It was really good to expand my knowledge and learn about the techniques involved in wheel repairs. I have been into cars all my life and knew this was what I wanted to do, but I didn't realise there were so many opportunities out there."

Andy Rose, Managing Director of Refresh Autos, said: "It is great that the College thinks outside the box and has decided to include an aspect of SMART repair to the course. I think businesses can play an important role in education. It has been a great opportunity for us to showcase the different areas of our business and help train the next generation."

The College has extensive motor vehicle and engineering facilities, which feature the latest industry-standard equipment and materials.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses, including motor vehicle and engineering, please call 0845 373 2500.

The Engineering department is expanding to accommodate a brand new product design studio. Featuring soft furnishings, light airy surroundings and dedicated computers with design software, our students will be able to enjoy a creative atmosphere to develop a concept before starting work in our fully-equipped workshops.

This course will enable students to develop skills in manufacturing in the global business world in local, supportive surroundings. Courses run on a full-time basis - for full details on our engineering product design course, click here.

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