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Engineering Students Visit German College to Learn Skills for their Future



Ten Motor Vehicle and Engineering students from Tresham have recently returned from a two week trip to Bildungsgesellschaft mbH College in Pritzwalk, Germany, where they gained experience to help them in their studies and future careers.

The students, aged 17 to 24, were offered the opportunity to visit the college at the beginning of the academic year and were asked to give a short presentation to a panel of tutors and the Head of School for Engineering. Each student was asked to highlight why they wanted to visit, what they thought they would gain from the trip and how they planned to use the experience.

Following all presentations, the group was selected and included students from courses at Level 1, 2 and 3 Motor Vehicle as well as students from the Level 2 and 3 Engineering programmes.

Students were accompanied by three members of staff and flew out to Berlin on the 2nd  March before travelling to Pritzwalk located north of Berlin, Germany.

During their visit students split into two groups where they focussed on advanced robotic welding or advanced laser welding, spending one week focussing on each. Students also enjoyed tours of various manufacturing companies, including Wind Turbine and Rail industries.

As well as gaining invaluable training, students also took part in a number of activities outside of the working day including a tour of Berlin and the historic Berlin Wall, bowling and other sports activities with local teams.

The Bildungsgesellschaft mbH Pritzwalk college has offered industry relevant training for young people and adults in Prignitz and Ostprignitz since 1991and has hosted visits from colleges across the world, however,  Tresham is the first UK college to visit.

Following the success of this trip, a second two week trip will take place in November 2014 that will allow 20 Motor Vehicle and Engineering students to learn in a college based in Arnsberg, Dortmund.

After returning from the trip, Dan Barker the Head of School for Engineering and Motor Vehicle said:

“This trip has enabled students to develop further skills in using advanced welding techniques. This has given them an insight to modern day manufacturing and how it’s applied in both the UK and Germany. Students also had the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills in living and working with others over the 2 week period and most of them are planning to keep in touch with people they met during their visit on Twitter and Facebook.”

Watch their video to see what they really thought of the visit here:

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