Devon welcomed a group of German Rolls Royce apprentices over the summer who were keen to further their skills and learn about agricultural engineering.
Organised by Rolls Royce in Germany, the 10 apprentices came to Devon for three weeks, hosted by Bicton College in East Budleigh.
They spent their first week improving their English at Accent, a language school based at Bicton College, and were then put into work placements with local engineering suppliers and manufacturers, organised by the Bicton College Rural Business School. These Spenco Exeter, Stagecoach Exeter, Yeo Valley Newton Abbot, Adaero Crediton, Ashbrook Engineering Cullompton, and finally Mantracourt Electronics Ltd Farringdon.
One of the German apprentices, Nenad Boskovic (22), was placed in Spenco Engineering Company Limited, an internationally recognised producer of quality engineered components supplying major machinery manufacturers and distributors in over 50 countries.
Spenco’s General Manager Chris Shipton explained that Nenad was learning with a very hands on approach at Spenco, finishing operation on shafts and working in the assembly team assembling top links for tractors, as well as working with hydraulics – all of which would test the skills and abilities he has learnt within Rolls Royce.
“It has been an absolute pleasure having Nenad here with us and we have all learnt new things,” Chris said.
“With such a need for engineers in the UK, it has been fantastic to share our processes and techniques with such a bright young apprentice.”
The visit was coordinated in the UK by Christopher Godolphin, Short Course manager of the Rural Business School.
“It was great to facilitate the link between training and the UK Engineering industry, and these placements we organised with our local contacts were so fantastic – we want to thank everyone involved,” he said.
“I am delighted to have met such a wonderful bunch of enthusiastic young apprentices, Rolls Royce should be very proud of them.”
According to UK government figures, 904,800 people were on an apprenticeship in 2015/16 (‘participation’) up from 871,000 the year before.
To find out more about the range of courses and apprenticeships available at Bicton College visit www.bicton.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.