As the number of vehicles on the UK’s roads grows, so does the need for skilled technicians who can maintain and repair them.
With specialist skills heavily in demand by garages and other organisations who maintain their own vehicles, the College of West Anglia, Isle campus motor vehicle department will be holding a special event at the next college open day on Saturday, March 2 from 9.30am to noon.
The event will offer prospective learners the chance to meet local industry employers, view demonstrations and take part in a number of interactive displays offering them the chance to experience first-hand the college’s motor vehicle facilities including a body shop with paint booth, vehicle repair bays with ramps and a testing station incorporating a rolling road.
There will be a range of demonstrations, and car enthusiasts will have the chance to take part in a number of interactive activities throughout the day including a rolling road, bring your car along and get a read out of your cars performance, and a racing car simulator.
Course director and lecturer Bob Whalley said: “There will be lots going on, with somewhere between five and 10 different companies putting on demonstrations.”
Companies include Kett Autopaints Ltd, Mac Tools, Farecla, Devilbiss, Wurth UK, Festool and Mig Anglia.
“This event is not just for the public but for the trade,” said Mr Whalley. “We want to build greater ties with industry to show potential employers to what depth the students are taught.
“I am going to body shops in the area to find out about the latest industry techniques so we can ensure our students are ready for employment.
“This used to be a dirty greasy job, but now it’s a technical subject requiring highly skilled technicians with a variety of specialist experience.”
The open day is an opportunity to gain more of an insight into the range of college courses on offer, look around the campus, meet students and talk to informative staff.
Visit www.cwa.ac.uk for further information about open days.