A Kent college has joined forces with a Canterbury retailer to give students an insight into a real life work environment.
Thanet College’s motor vehicle students will now have regular visits to Volkswagen retailer EuroCanterbury, allowing them direct contact with industry professionals.
The first wave of students recently visited EuroCanterbury’s Broad Oak Lane premises, with all claiming huge benefits from the day.
Andy Jeffrey, Thanet College’s motor vehicle lecturer, said: “This link with EuroCanterbury is a massive boost for the students, giving them the chance to experience the environment they intend to work in.
“The main emphasis was to find out what happens at all levels in a major vehicle workshop, but it was important the learners visited all parts of the business to know how everyone works together.”
During the day visit, students were greeted by EuroCanterbury’s managing director, John Bailey, before the management team took the group around the various departments at the retailer.
Andy added: “Everyone at EuroCanterbury are clearly enthusiastic about their work and took the time to explain each area and show the learners around.
“The group returned with increased aspirations for gaining employment in the industry and the importance of high quality control and interaction between departments.”
EuroCanterbury’s John Bailey said: “Looking to the future is vital for any industry or business and we hope students at Thanet College will benefit from this new link.
“As a local business it’s important we help young people across the region achieve their career ambitions. We look forward to welcoming more students in the near future.”
The next visit of Thanet College students to EuroCanterbury Volkswagen is planned for this autumn.