College welcomes university students

South Leicestershire College has been welcoming university students to their Engineering department over the past two weeks.

Over 150 undergraduates from the University of Leicester have been attending the college to take advantage of their industry-standard workshops.

The sessions aimed to provide the first year university students with practical experience and understanding of engineering equipment and workshops.

Mark Collings, Learning and Skills Manager for Engineering at South Leicestershire College, said: “We have been working with the university for several years to provide the students with access to engineering resources and equipment. As 90% of their first year is classroom and theory based, this is the ideal way for them to test their knowledge and put their skills to the test in a real working environment.

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the College’s Engineering Apprentices, who have been mentoring and assisting the university students on the machines throughout the sessions. As the Apprentices’ course is predominately work based, they have had the opportunity to share their expertise in turning, milling, fitting, mechatronics, hydraulics, plus much more.

“Both the Apprentices and undergraduates have really taken advantage of the sessions and learned a great deal from each other in terms of practical experience and academic knowledge.”

Andy Willby from the University of Leicester added: “The department highly values the participation of South Leicestershire College in developing the practical skill of our engineering students.”

South Leicestershire College offers a range of Apprenticeship and full-time courses in Engineering. Click here to find out more about Engineering courses, call 0116 264 3535 or email