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Learning outside the classroom

This year, NSETC students on a variety of courses have had the opportunity to visit a number of different companies and key establishments.

This is part of NSETC’s continuing ambition to strengthen the links between education and vocation, and to equip its students with qualifications and work-ready skills that will put

them ahead of the competition when applying for jobs or Higher Education. At the beginning of the year, NSETC’s Health and Social Care Level 3 students joined Weston College colleagues on a four-day adventure to Disneyland Paris as part of a learning/ study trip.

The visit enabled students to explore themes relating to their practice in health and social care, including equality, diversity and discrimination. They were able to gain an insight into how a range of policies apply in the work place, including in large hotels and leisure parks.

In March, students on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering were given the opportunity to visit Agusta Westland, a multi-national helicopter design and manufacturing company, which gave them the opportunity to see first-hand the

production and assembly of helicopters and aircraft parts.

Students witnessed how virtual reality trainers prepared pilots, looked at the design process for key components on the rota heads for the aircraft, climbed on top of a Merlin helicopter to see the maintenance procedures taking place and walked through the flight shed to view Super Lynx, Merlin and Apache helicopter at different stages of their construction.

The students also met with the apprentice trainers and were given an insight into the apprentice training programme an AgustaWestland apprentice would follow.

Andy Davidson, Deputy Head at NSETC, said; “This is always such an inspiring company to visit especially for a student that has a keen interest in engineering, you can never be anything but amazed when you see a flight shed with 20 helicopters all at different stages of their construction. All the students left the site with a real buzz about the opportunities that the industry can offer”.

A Level students visited the University of Cambridge. The trip was organised to provide students not only with the experience of Higher Education establishments, but also to encourage them to have the highest aspirations for themselves in terms of next steps.

The students gained experience in a number of subject areas through tours of the Sainsbury Lab and Gardens, and the Fitzwilliam Museum with a current post-graduate in the relevant subject areas. They also found out about the university application process, and specifically about the range of courses that run at the University of Cambridge.

A Level student Jacob Coles commented; “The Cambridge University trip was a real eye-opener. We had the opportunity to stay at Trinity Hall, one of the smaller and older colleges at Cambridge; we also visited Robinson College to get a feel of what other, more modern, colleges at Cambridge are like.

“We visited the Sainsbury’s laboratory, which was really inspiring to see what a state-of-the-art laboratory looks like, and to see how the botanic gardens were used with all the different species of plants being grown there. The trip has really inspired me to want to do really well in my exams to enable me to get into Cambridge, the courses they offer really suit me and you’re getting tuition that is the best in the world.”


Source: NSETC