Still UK have today donated over £120,000 in construction plant equipment to Stafford College to assist with the delivery of qualifications.
The equipment will support Still UK apprentices who are studying at the college and will also be replenished in the coming years to ensure students have the best available environment to learn in.
An artic lorry delivered a Still RX20 electric counterbalance truck and a Still RX70 diesel counterbalance truck to the college’s Palmbourne campus and was officially presented to students and staff by members of Still UK.
Still UK set up a partnership with the college this academic year with five apprentices currently in place and have made a commitment to increase the number of apprentices each year.
Stafford College are only one of 12 providers in the country who are able to deliver qualifications in plant and are regarded as the UK leader due to reputation and student achievement.
As a UK leader in delivering training for plant the college has tailored its courses through regular discussions with the Plant Traders Forum to incorporate the industry’s latest practices.
The partnership between Still UK and Stafford College will also be provide teaching staff with on-going training and offer the college visits to the company training and manufacturing facilities.
Still has over 7000 employees worldwide and generates a turnover of over two billion euros annually. Last year, Still produced over 300,000 trucks worldwide and are set for another record year in 2013.
Steve Coleman, UK marketing manager for Still, said : “This exciting new partnership between Still and Stafford College will safeguard the future of our business for many years to come.
“We are thrilled to have Stafford College train and develop the next generation of Still engineers and we are sure the equipment provided will only add to the fantastic training scheme already in place.”
Ian Clinton, interim principal at Stafford College, added: “The equipment will give our students the fantastic opportunity to learn in the most up to date working environment.
“Employer engagement is vital for colleges and Still UK’s wonderful gesture will ensure we remain the leading provider for plant qualifications in the country.”
Will Lewis, a Still UK apprentice at Stafford College concluded: “Studying our course with the latest equipment will develop my skills and help me get the career I want in the future.”