27th April 2019
This week York College is hosting a group of students from Al vidaregaande skole in Norway to work with the College’s Engineering and Motor Vehicle department, experiencing the similarities and differences between the Norwegian education system and that of the UK; whilst comparing engineering techniques and processes.
Working in the College’s industry standard workshops, the group of nine students and two tutors are benefitting from a practical approach to all aspects of engineering, manufacturing and motor vehicle maintenance, joining in sessions on engineering and design, maths and engineering science, welding, sheet metal, fitting and filing, lathes, electronics, microprocessors, secondary finishing and student project work. The group are also enjoying the local museums in the area visiting York’s National Railway Museum and Elvington Air Museum. Next week they are visiting some UK manufacturing plants and dealerships.
Norwegian tutor Anders Ilsoy says: “The main objective of this visit is for us to practice our English, using the language professionally and generally. We are also practicing things that we don’t have at home, working with different tools and using different facilities. It’s a very practical visit and we are learning new manufacturing and engineering terms and techniques that we don’t have in Norway.”
Lisa Wheeler, Head of Engineering at York College, is delighted to welcome the Norwegian group to the York: “This is the second year we have supported this project and we hope to continue for many more. It is a real pleasure to host these young engineers and to see their tutors again. Over the two weeks friendships form through a passion and understanding of engineering and the benefits for our students are limitless; developing their confidence, communication skills and professional behaviours as they describe the work they have been doing and demonstrate the skills they have been developing. They are also learning about different cultures and the differences in vocational language. It’s time to take the UK students to Norway!”