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Aspiring engineers taken on tour of Ford Dunton

Students interested in a career in Engineering visited the Ford Dunton site last week for an informative day where they were able to see the company’s newest cars being designed.

The 15 students were taken on a tour of the Dunton Technical Centre before they were given a careers talk on the types of apprenticeships and training schemes offered at the centre in Laindon, near Basildon. They then took part in some group engineering activities in the afternoon where they designed a futuristic car.

The students who took part in the visit were: Icchapurakh Panesar, Jack Luggar, Sydnie Barnes, Liam Thomas, Cameron Dungate, Mohammed Alihamja, Alex Warman, Jay Hersom, James Reed, Nicholas Middleton, Jamie Tull, Charles Kelly, Gemma Tuttlebee, Skye Tatersall and Liam Whiffin. They were accompanied by the College’s World of Work Officer Kay Williamson, Engineering and Design tutor Guy Reid and Engineering and Design facilitator Analiese Attack.

One of the students said after the visit: “I enjoyed the trip immensely - each of the areas that were covered gave an insight into the working environment of an engineering company and the various areas that must operate both independently and together in order to produce a product.”

Another commented: “The trip was very helpful as it clearly showed the things I would be doing if I went into an apprenticeship. I was already thinking about doing an apprenticeship with Ford when I leave College and I feel this trip gave me a clear understanding of all the roles that Ford offer. It was also really interesting seeing the expensive equipment being used.”

Vanessa Clayden, from Ford, said: “We enjoyed the visit by the students and staff from the College. The students were all really well behaved and it was good to see them work on the tasks together and ask so many relevant questions throughout the day.”

The Dunton Technical Centre (informally Ford Dunton) is a major automotive research and development facility and houses the main design team of Ford of Europe, alongside its Merkenich Technical Centre in Cologne, Germany. Around 3,000 engineers currently work at Dunton.