CovElec, the Midlands-based motor, gearbox, and pump maintenance provider, joined forces with Leicester College to offer students a hands-on experience as part of their T Level studies.
As the UK faces shortages in critical sectors such as engineering, it is vital to encourage the younger generation to consider their options in this lucrative trade. Working directly with local schools and education centres, CovElec encourages engineers of the future via apprenticeships and work experience opportunities. A modular approach to training ensures apprentices and students gain a broad skill set and can focus on a specialism, which allows them to pursue personal goals within the engineering sector.
Leicester College offers a two-year T level course implementing an 80/20 approach with blended-learning sessions and an industry placement to put their skills to the test in the real world. CovElec recently hosted an open day for these students with live demonstrations in the art of rewinding, machining, and general day-to-day operations of a fully equipped mechanical and electrical workshop. Our engineering team, many with over 20 years’ experience, offered advice and discussed the exciting opportunities the trade has to offer.
Also attending the event, were several key suppliers from the likes of ABB, Drumm Motors and NTN Bearings, to give advice and showcase their products and services to the students showing their commitment to recruiting new talent into the engineering sector.
‘The industry needs young people to step in and fill the skills gap left by older generations. At the CovElec and the Rotamec group, we devote time to engaging with young people who are interested in engineering, providing opportunities for them to join us. Following on from the open day many of the students have expressed their wishes to work alongside us as part of their course, which we are delighted to facilitate.
We look forward to working with engineers of the future.’
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