College supports growth of Ellesmere Port’s engineering and construction industry

The Engineering and Construction industry in Ellesmere Port has received a welcome boost following Cheshire College – South & West’s decision to move its Engineering and Construction departments to the town.

The move demonstrates the College’s commitment to ensuring the region’s Engineering and Construction workforce has the skills it needs to ensure future investment and growth.

The College has delivered high-quality training and Apprenticeships in the industry for over 30 years working with some of the region’s largest employers such as Vauxhall and Unilever to develop their future workforce.

Nathan Richards, 20, from Ellesmere Port who is studying a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Process Engineering at Vauxhall Motors said: “I started on a Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship with Vauxhall straight after leaving school. After two years I was given the chance to move onto the Higher Apprenticeship which I’m studying now.

“Growing up in Ellesmere Port there’s a lot of engineering focus. The opportunities I’ve been given at Vauxhall and the College have been amazing. I’m so glad I chose to do an Apprenticeship – the knowledge and skills you learn from colleagues and tutors who are qualified, competent and experienced are incredible.”

Supporting the College’s Apprentices are a dedicated team of highly experienced teachers and assessors at the College. Graham Fox, a former Vauxhall Apprentice and now teacher at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “I completed my Apprenticeship with Vauxhall in the 1970s and then went into the Merchant Navy. I then came back to Vauxhall in the 80s just as they were starting to make the Astra. After that I went on to work on aeroplanes, ships and cancer treatment machines.

“Going into teaching at a later stage in my career means I can give things back to young people from my lifetime of experiences. Moving to Ellesmere Port is an exciting time for us all – with opportunities for more specialist rooms and labs which will benefit our students as well as employers.”

For more information about studying Engineering and Construction at Cheshire College – South & West visit or call 01244 656555.

College welcomes world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle

Cheshire College – South & West has welcomed the arrival of a Bentayga Hybrid, Bentley’s first-ever high voltage vehicle, to its dedicated training facility in Crewe.

The training facility, based at the College’s Crewe Campus, supports the learning and development of both existing Bentley colleagues and new apprentices.

The arrival of the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle to the College, is part of a continuing strategic partnership between Bentley and the College to invest in new skills development for the company’s future technicians and engineers.

As well as supplying the vehicle, Bentley has invested in continuing professional development for one of the College’s experienced Engineering Lecturers who will be able to deliver specialised training to apprentices at the College.

Mark Parsons, Assistant Principal for Services, Engineering and Construction, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices to develop their skills and knowledge of working on electric vehicles. It demonstrates the ongoing commitment between the college and Bentley to ensure that our apprentices are working on the latest innovative technology.”

The Bentayga Hybrid was revealed to the public earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Nigel Tew, Director of Whole Vehicle Engineering at Bentley, said: “As we enter an exciting new era of electrified vehicles, it is essential for Bentley to establish a safe, reliable training infrastructure. Importantly, we need to ensure that all our existing staff and new starters joining the business (including Apprentices) follow approved training.”

For more information on studying Engineering at Cheshire College – South & West visit or call 01270 654654.


Student becomes Apprentice of the Year

West Cheshire College’s Engineering student, Daniel Sullivan, aged 28, from the Wirral, surpassed the competition at this year’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 2017 Awards to become ‘The Most Improved Student/Apprentice 2017’.

Faisal Saeed, Engineering Lecturer at West Cheshire College said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Danny and is truly well deserved.

“Danny has always demonstrated a positive attitude and is highly self-motivated, which has enabled him to excel in his academic achievements.  He is currently working towards distinction grades, having completed his BTEC Level 3 and is now underway with his HNC.”

The IMechE Awards are a highly prestigious and established awards scheme, recognising exceptional engineering students and rewarding the efforts of some of the region’s most deserving students and apprentices.

The Institution believe their Vision of “Improving the world through engineering” will only be achieved by appropriately educated and trained engineers, hence their desire to recognise and encourage up and coming talent. This enables them to demonstrate the key role that engineers play in society, making major contributions to our health, wealth, security plus encouraging further young people to select engineering as a very worthwhile and rewarding professional career.

Faisal went onto say: “Danny is a great example to his fellow students and a credit to the College. His commitment and dedication is second to none and he has really displayed that he is an all-round achiever.

“His recognition at the awards just highlights the calibre of students we have progressing through our courses and we are really proud of Danny.”

Dan, who is from Rock Ferry, also said: “I’m thrilled to have won this award as it was completely unexpected. I feel as though my hard work has paid off and it is great to have been recognised by the IMechE.

“I hope that this will also help boost my profile in the sector and I’m looking forward to this next year of studying for my HNC qualification, as well as the hands-on experience I am gaining, which is equally invaluable.

“I would also like to thank West Cheshire College for all their help and support along the way, as well as my workplace, the engineering team at Farmers Boy Deeside, who have been immensely supportive.”

Dan’s award will also be celebrated at the IMechE’s Annual Dinner in March next year.