Hartlepool college teams up with Caterpillar in Peterlee to create top-class workers

Greg Robson from Caterpillar (left) with Darren Hankey Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Greg Robson from Caterpillar (left) with Darren Hankey Hartlepool College of Further Education.

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A COLLEGE has teamed up with a giant truck manufacturer for a programme designed to shape a future generation of top-class workers.

Hartlepool College of Further Education and Caterpillar in Peterlee have joined forces to deliver educational courses that are not currently available in the area.

The Caterpillar Learning Centre of Light (LCOL) will offer night classes that are delivered by college tutors.

Caterpillar will also be offering a chance to try out a simulated working environment as well as plant tours.

In return, Hartlepool College will offer specialist courses in areas of business including safety, hydraulics, and digital photography.

The link-up was marked with a photocall in front of a giant 30ft Caterpillar dump truck which was parked up outside the college.

And in a double boost for the college, it also hosted an apprenticeship open event at which 30 companies took out stands, each hoping to attract the next generation of workers.

College principal Darren Hankey said: “Lots of industries now have an ageing population. In ten to 15 years the workforce won’t be there so this is an important part of learning.

Caterpillar training manager Greg Robson said: “These people are going to be leaders because of the standard of the training.”