Potential Students Visit Caterpillar

The East Durham College Work Based Learning Team arranged a visit to Caterpillar Peterlee for a number of potential Apprentices who are interested in an Apprenticeship in Engineering.

The visit also provided the ideal platform to strengthen the College's relationship with one of the leading engineering-based companies in the North East - as well as raise the profile of our local young people to a potential employer.

The visit was conducted by Fred Felton one of the Caterpillar's Apprenticeship Programme Officers and the Business Ambassador for the company.

All in all seven young men from the area took part in a 3-hour visit around the Caterpillar site, which helped them gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of a modern engineering company. They experienced the whole process of cold flat steel entering the plant and a brand new vehicle rolling out of the gate.

The potential Apprentices were given a guided tour which included robotic welding, plasma cutting, positive pressure clean environments and discussed the lean manufacturing process. The visit was extremely informative and helped give them a fantastic insight into their possible future career choice.

At the end of the visit each participant handed in an up to date CV to Fred which will hopefully lead to employment in the near future.