Col­lege’s air train­ing link set for take-off


MAC­CLES­FIELD Col­lege is build­ing links to a lead­ing firm that de­signs and builds mil­i­tary, com­mer­cial and busi­ness air­craft.

The col­lege teaches Aero­space En­gi­neer­ing and boasts a pur­pose built hangar for a BAE Jet­stream 31 air­craft.

Many of its stu­dents have gone on to have suc­cess­ful ca­reers in the in­dus­try.

But now the col­lege has set its sights on forg­ing links with Mar­shall Aero­space and De­fence Group after two of its en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents, Ella Crews and Agata Kem­piak, were cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in an in­dus­try pro­gramme run by the firm based in Cam­bridge.

Ella and Kem­piak, who are both in the mid­dle of a two-year BTEC Level 3 Ex­tended Diploma, were ac­cepted onto the week- long ‘In­sight into Aero­space’ course where they learnt about the his­tory of flight, vis­ited the hangars, took part in class­room ac­tiv­i­ties and at­tended talks about key as­pects of the in­dus­try from aero­space ex­perts.

Agata, 17 said: “It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to meet other girls on the pro­gramme who told us how they got in­volved with Mar­shall Aero­space and De­fence Group and where they are now.

“They gave us an in­sight into what ca­reer path they’ve cho­sen and all the op­tions avail­able to those start­ing out in the in­dus­try. It was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity and I learnt a lot by see­ing how ev­ery­thing works to­gether.”

The pro­gramme is part of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the col­lege and Mar­shall to pro­vide top class train­ing for ca­reers in the aero­space in­dus­try.

Ian Peart, gen­eral man­ager of Mar­shall AeroA­cad- emy, re­cently paid a visit to the col­lege to view its aero­space train­ing fa­cil­ity and meet with the stu­dents.

Ian said: “What’s re­ally ev­i­dent is the pas­sion of the whole staff, which I can see in the stu­dents as well. What Mac­cles­field Col­lege is do­ing is ac­tu­ally putting real life scenarios into ed­u­ca­tion which is so im­por­tant.”

Martin Wright, gov­er­nor re­spon­si­ble for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (STEM), added: “Mar­shall of Cam­bridge is one of the world’s lead­ing com­pa­nies in aero­space main­te­nance and re­pair, and our re­la­tion­ship with the firm is a re­flec­tion of the col­lege’s com­mit- ment to de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lence to our stu­dents.

“The aero­space fa­cil­ity at Mac­cles­field Col­lege is unique in the re­gion and of­fers stu­dents the plat­form to de­velop an ex­cit­ing ca­reer this grow­ing sec­tor.”

Ian Peart from Mar­shall Aero­space and De­fence Group (cen­tre) inside Mac­cles­field Col­lege’s aero­space train­ing hangar with (from left) Ella Tsui-Lau, head of STEM at the col­lege, Chantelle Dew­berry, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal, stu­dents Ella Crews and Agata Kem­piak, plus Rachel Kay, prin­ci­pal of Mac­cles­field Col­lege.

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