A range of new plant equipment has arrived at Bicton College, which will enable students to learn their trade using the latest technology. Thanks to support from the world renowned engineering firm JCB, the students will now be able to gain experience with a range of machines to include an excavator, mini diggers, dumper trucks and a high-lift.
Team Lead for Plant Operations at Bicton College, Glen Miller, said: “The arrival of these machines will enable our students to gain some fantastic experiences, working with some of the best equipment in the industry. I would like to say a special thank you to JCB, who have supported the course; our students will really benefit from learning with this machinery.”
According to government research there is a large skills gap in the construction industry and it’s anticipated that demand for experienced workers will continue to grow as work begins on the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.
Glen continues: “In September we launched a number of courses to meet industry demand and it’s important that our students learn on the best equipment. The course covers topics such as servicing, maintenance, installation procedures, diagnostics and health and safety and all students will leave with their CPCS card; making them truly work ready.”
The courses that are being delivered at Bicton College are: Level 1 Construction Operation and Civil Engineering, Level 1 Land-Based Operations City & Guilds (NPTC) Certificate, Level 2 Plant Maintenance CSKILLS Certificate, Level 2 Plant Operations CSKILLS Certificate, Level 2 Construction and Plant Operations Apprenticeships.
Principal of Bicton College, Dr Phil Le Grice, added: “Our experience of training in the mechanization and engineering sector has established a reputation of which Bicton College is justifiably proud, equipping future generations of farmers, engineers and managers for their careers ahead.”
Bicton College acknowledges the funding received from the Local Growth Fund operated by Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and managed by Somerset County Council.