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26 January 2018

A top flight visit to GE Aviation Wales for Cardiff and Vale College Engineering students

Engineering students from Cardiff and Vale College have been on a top flight visit to GE Aviation Wales’ facility at Nantgarw – the first time the College has been to the site.

The Performing Engineering Options (PEO) students from the College’s Barry Campus were greeted and signed in by GE apprentices. They then got to experience first-hand the range of work carried out GE Nantgarw from maintenance, repair and overhaul of the world’s biggest jet airlines, to X-ray machines, trains and lightbulbs.

The learners were then taken on a guided tour by the apprentices with running commentary and regular stops so the students could watch work in progress and ask questions.

“The students who went on the trip said afterwards that they were very impressed,” CAVC Engineering Lecturer Gareth Berrill said. “They said it had given them plenty to think about regarding their future careers, especially after they were told that their PEO in Engineering would look great on a CV.

“The apprentices who showed us around were professional knowledgeable, friendly and full of good advice. I’d also like to thank my students for their smart appearance and I was very proud when at the end of the trip their good behaviour was commented on.”

The Engineering learners’ visit to GE Nantgarw was supported by CAVC Employability and Progression Officer Allyson Llewellyn. CAVC EPOs provide advice and guidance to the College’s students on work experience, placements and provide support to gain essential skills to gain employment.