Partnership with Vauxhall sees motor vehicle students benefit from donation of £3,000 engine

Motor vehicle students at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Hartford Campus will be working with the latest in engine technology thanks to a donation from Vauxhall.

Level 1 and level 2 students from the college visited the Arnold Clark dealership in Northwich to pick up the diesel engine – worth around £3,000 – which will be used to help them further develop their skills and knowledge, and allow students on the level 3 programme to carry out diagnostic and rectification work.

Craige Thorley, lecturer in motor vehicle at the college, described it as a fantastic opportunity.

He said: “This donation will allow our students to strip down and rebuild one of the most modern engines on the market. It will give them the chance to work with the kind of technology they will see out in the workplace, and allow them to look more closely at environmentally-friendly engines – that’s a key part of their course. This donation will enhance what they are learning at the college, and help them to get job ready.”

The engine was presented by Phil Crook, parts manager at the Northwich branch of Arnold Clark Vauxhall.

“It is brilliant that Vauxhall and Arnold Clark are getting involved with local colleges. If we can help these students in any way, then it’s fantastic,” said Phil.

John-Paul Halsall, who is currently on the level 1 diploma in motor vehicle maintenance, was one of the students who visited the Vauxhall dealership.

He said: “We really appreciate this donation from Vauxhall. As a student, I believe this will help me and the rest of the course greatly as it will give us the chance to work on really modern technology, and equip us with the skills and knowledge we need to go on to find work at the end of our course.”

Curriculum Manager, Chris Johnson, added: “We have had a long-standing relationship with Vauxhall, with our Warrington Campus having received five engines and 10 gearboxes over the years. It is great that we are now able to expand this relationship and give students studying at our Hartford Campus the same opportunities to work with such modern technology.”

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