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Three engineering apprentices studying with Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) were recently invited to represent the college at the day-long Festival of Engineering on Friday 9 November, which took place in Xtrac’s new factory space in Thatcham.
Organised by the Education Business Partnership, the event saw 400 young people from West Berkshire and North Hampshire come together at Xtrac Ltd, Thatcham, to celebrate and support the government’s ‘Year of Engineering’ initiative.
Formally opened on Thursday 8 November by Prime Minister Theresa May, the event also saw 18 prestigious engineering companies including AWE, Thatcham Research, Thames Water and Vodafone exhibit at the event to highlight the diverse range of exciting careers available in engineering.
Adam Hughes, Tom Rudland and Matt Smith, who are all currently undertaking an engineering apprenticeship with Newbury-based machining specialist Progressive Technology, were invited to host a stand about the Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) – a British land vehicle that is currently in development.
Vicky Trentham, Project Officer at the Education Business Partnership, said: “We would like to extend a big thanks to the three apprentices from BCoT for attending the event. They were brilliant throughout the event and so helpful. They staffed the Bloodhound SSC stand all day alongside the Bloodhound Head of Engagement and were very welcoming and knowledgeable with the visiting students and really got stuck in.”
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