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  • Motor Vehicle students revved up by industry donations

    Budding car mechanics at Bradford College are seeing their training move up a gear thanks to generous donations from two businesses.

    A stack of brand new FRAM filters has been given to the college by Sogefi Filtration while a heavy duty new car battery has been received from Platinum International.

    Philip McLoughlin, the college’s Automotive Programme Area Leader, thanked both companies for their support, which he said will improve the learners’ experience when servicing vehicles and help prepare learners for life in industry.

    “We are extremely grateful to both Sogefi and Platinum for their generosity,” he said.

    “Having these items means we can offer the learners within the department a more realistic work task and enhances their learning experience.

    “The donations also allow us to expand our links with industry and manufacturing of vehicle service parts in particular.”

    Students will fit the air and oil filters when carrying out servicing tasks.

    Whereas previously they have had to refit old filters, the new filters will replicate what they will be doing when they are working in the industry, in professional garages.

    The battery will help learners to carry out light checks.

    Because the cars the learners practise on in the workshop are generally from scrap yards – the majority very kindly given to them by Bradford Waste Trades – the batteries often do not work, making light checks impossible.

    The new Platinum battery will be mounted on a trolley so it can be moved around the workshops and used on any vehicle.

    As well as handing over the battery free of charge, Platinum has also invited tutor Kevin Marshall to attend a training session where he can learn about the latest battery technology and pass that onto his budding car mechanics.

    Bradford College offers a range of motor vehicle courses at various levels, both full and part-time. Anyone interested should see the college website, call 01274 433 333 or pop along to the next open day on March 18.