Ayrshire College encourages students to engage with engineering
Ayrshire College recently organised an engineering recruitment fair, inviting major engineering employers from across Scotland into its Kilmarnock Campus to speak with students and members of the public about the exciting career opportunities available.
There were 15 organisations represented at the event – organised by Ayrshire College’s curriculum manager for Engineering, Allan Carpenter – including the likes of Collins Aerospace, EGGER, GE, GSK and XLCC.
Visitors to the event could speak directly with employers about upcoming positions within their company and what qualifications would be needed for their entry level roles and apprenticeships.
Ayrshire College curriculum staff were also available to speak about their courses and how they can help prepare potential students for the world of work.
Allan Carpenter, Curriculum Manager for Engineering at Ayrshire College, said: “It is important that we host events like this because it strengthens the bonds we have with our local companies. They come to us looking for students as potential employees, but if we have host everyone at one time, it makes it easier for our students to see what opportunities are out there for them.
“A lot of our students are studying engineering but don’t know what opportunities are out there for them. So if they can come to an event like this, they can meet companies and find out about all the different areas of engineering. They can hear about aeronautical engineering, manufacturing, electrical engineering or civil engineering. It gives them a chance to see where they feel they’d be best pursuing in the future.”
Marco Castelli, Apprentice Training Coordinator at Emergency One, said: “We’re here to look at students who have an interest in engineering, looking to sign up for apprentice programmes. This event is really beneficial to us because it lets people know, who aren’t in the college already, that there’s engineering courses here and apprentices out there. And to help people who are students in the college meet up with engineering firms who are available, including ourselves.”
2 February 2024