NSC Engineers Carry Out Work Experience in Spain

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Study Group at Solar Farm with Tutor Dan Morris 3rd from left on the back row

Eight Engineers from the Walford and Aspire Campuses of North Shropshire College (NSC) have recently returned from two weeks work experience to Spain fully funded through the Erasmus+ Project.

Students were accompanied by two staff members, they stayed at CPIFP Pirámide College in Huesca, in northern mainland Spain. The group had a varied itinerary for two weeks covering study, industry related trips and cultural visits. Trip leader, Dan Morris, Engineering tutor from the Aspire Centre at NSC commented, ‘This was a unique opportunity for our students, three had never flown before let alone been abroad. There wasn’t much English spoken locally, the students had taken basic Spanish lessons at NSC prior to the trip to ensure they could converse. By the end of the fortnight their confidence grew with the language skills and they were able to engage with the locals.’

Whilst at the College, students did practical sessions in the workshop including plumbing skills. They visited a hydroelectric dam and a solar farm and throughout the two weeks completed a Solar-Thermal Course which gave them a unique additional qualification to complement their core programme in the UK.

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Tutor, Begoña Mallén in a plumbing practical lesson with Lauren Homewood, L3 Yr Engineering Student from Walford Campus

Cultural visits included a tour of Huesca plains, Loarre Castle and some local villages along with a very old example of a Catholic Church. The group took part in an action-packed residential weekend based at the activity centre, ‘Casa de Los Guias’, Alquezar. The weekend comprised canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling and mountain climbing through impressive waterfalls.

 

Dan goes on to say, ‘The overall experience was amazing. Begoña Mallén is Head of Engineering at the College and a brilliant advocate for women in engineering, the students learnt a great deal. This trip was a fantastic opportunity for the students both culturally and vocationally. This has all been possible thanks to Erasmus+ funding which is a unique opportunity available to students studying at NSC.’

For more information about the Erasmus+ Funded Projects at NSC, contact Katie Edwards via 01939 262154 or email k.edwards@nsc.ac.uk

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