French students try out Cornwall College
A group of students from a construction school in Brittany, France joined students in the Faculty of Technology at Cornwall College Camborne last week, as part of an enrichment trip to the UK.
Eleven plumbing and eleven masonry students from the Lycee des Metiers du Batiment de Pleyben, a boarding school in the small market town of Pleyben in Brittany, north west France, made up the French contingent, who travelled to the UK as an enrichment activity to improve their English language skills.
As part of their visit to the Camborne campus, the group went on a campus tour to see the facilities available and then joined the faculty's students in their plumbing and masonry classes in the afternoon.
Monseiur Francois Ledez, Group leader and English teacher at the school, said: "We were looking for an exchange with another school in the UK, so we contacted several in the South West, Wales and London. We chose Cornwall College Camborne because we got such a good response, the College has an excellent reputation and it's also the closest to us."
John Stagg, Corporate Curriculum Lead for Technology at Cornwall College Camborne, said: "We were more than happy to welcome the students from Pleyben, as forging links with similar institutions in other countries gives our students the chance to develop knowledge of their trade in a different culture. We're planning a return trip to Pleyben for our students in the near future."
Students Alexandre Lebreton and Guillaume Coutant, both 18 from Carantec and Alexandre Rivol, 17 from Quimper, all agreed they had enjoyed the trip and found it interesting. Guillame added: "We've been staying in St Ives and we all really like it there. Plus the scenery and landscapes around Cornwall are fantastic."
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "Activities such as this are great opportunities for our students to meet fellow students from another country and gives them a chance to share knowledge and experiences, enhancing their overall experience and broadening their horizons. I am glad this trip proved successful for all involved and hope the return trip is just as rewarding for our students."