Body repair lecturer Nick Evans, Head of Quality and Training at Halfords Autocentres Andy Turbefield, Quality Manager at Valeo David Treadwell, Head of Sandwell College Automotive, Construction and Engineering Chris Demetrios, and Regional Business Development Manager for IMI Colin Hankey

 

Prestigious employers are helping to shape the future careers of Sandwell College automotive engineering students by contributing to the curriculum advisory board.

IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry), Halfords Autocentres and Valeo were among the first to be represented on the new board, which recently held its first of many collaborative meetings.

Employer advisory boards give college staff the opportunity to build stronger industry links and partnerships with local colleagues, who help shape the students’ curriculum with their expertise and identify future skills gaps to fill through training.

Head of Sandwell College Automotive, Construction and Engineering, Chris Demetrios, said: “We are pleased to have our first Automotive and Engineering advisory board meeting and look forward to working with even more employers.” He added that the college’s prestigious partnerships with local employers could also help learners looking for practical industry experience, or companies wishing to complete continual professional development with highly experienced tutors. Equally staff can ensure their sector knowledge is kept up-to-date and seek opportunities to set up expert guest speaker sessions and work experience placements.

Careers Plus is the college’s on-site employment hub, designed to help students secure their futures in employment or higher education. More than 3000 students have completed a full work experience programme this year, relevant to their course of study, which is a massive 91 per cent.

Advisory board meetings provide beneficial networking opportunities for all members, to learn from experiences and hear opinions on current practice.

The advisory board meets two to three times per year which means minimal commitment from organisations.

For more information on becoming a member call 0800 622 006 or email enquiries@sandwell.ac.uk

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