French apprentices pay flying visit to CAVC

30 January 2015

French apprentices pay a flying visit to Cardiff and Vale College

A group of 43 French Aeronautical Engineering students recently came to Cardiff and Vale College to brush up on their English skills and get a taste of the UK Aero industry.

The students, aged between 16 and 25, were from the MFR IMAA College in Cruseilles, France. They have chosen a career in an industry where a lot of technical English is used, so the visit was an excellent opportunity for them to get some practice.

Their visit was organised by ICAT Ltd, the international arm of CAVC’s world-renowned International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT), which is based at Cardiff Airport. They were also taken on visits to British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and GE’s advance engine technology facility in Nantgarw, as well as trips to Cardiff for a taste of Welsh hospitality and culture. The students are apprentices for a range of French aerospace firms, from small companies to the military.

“These students are used to working on small aircraft so it was a real experience for them to see the work being done at BAMC,” ICAT Ltd Chief Steve Vincent explained. “They have also undergone some Part 66 appreciation training. The whole purpose of the visit was to improve their technical English.”

The students had some technical lessons as well as doing practical work. Travel and Tourism Lecturer Kay Davies also gave them training in English-language aircraft emergency drill using ICAT’s “classroom in the sky” – a Boeing 737 fuselage that is attached to side of the Cardiff Airport site.

ICAT Ltd Co-ordinator Rebecca Broad, who organised the visit, said: “The students have been an absolute pleasure and they have all said how much they love Cardiff and the area. Everyone at BAMC and GE in Nantgarw has been so helpful and everyone has commented on how great these tours have been.”

MFR IMMA Lecturer Celine Courtin teaches the students English. She said: “It’s been really interesting and very motivating for the students. Being French, the students don’t really want to learn English but they have chosen a branch of profession where they have to use a lot of technical English! Visiting BAMC and GE has meant that they have experienced the profession on a scale that they do not get to see in France.”