MORE than 100 students will be given the opportunity to show off their work to potential employers when a college opens its doors for a high-profile event.
Hartlepool College of Further Education will be hosting the annual Projects Presentation Day tomorrow when students will be showcasing their work to some of the biggest names in the engineering sector.
The day is a highlight in the college’s calendar, and is the culmination of a year-long project designed to highlight students’ advanced practical and technical skills.
The majority of students taking part are apprentices, with many projects having been adopted by their employers.
Many of the projects on show are linked directly to the workplace, having been used in practice to offer a positive impact on operations - whether it be cost savings, improving health and safety or a new potential product or service to take to market.
The students will exhibit their work from 1pm-4pm, taking over the college’s atrium. Employers, staff, students and other stakeholders from the college will take part in the event by questioning the exhibitors.
This year more than 40 companies are participating in support of the event and their apprentices, including Gestamp Tallent, Tata Steel, Caterpillar, NSK, JDR Cables, Darchem and EDF Energy.
The Gus Robinson Foundation and Northgate Public Services are sponsoring the event and three of the awards, with Altec Engineering also sponsoring two more.
Joe Bradley, executive director for Northgate Public Services, said: “We are delighted to support these students at the college whose talent and potential deserve such recognition.
“This is just a part of the support we are offering the local community in Hartlepool to ensure that future generations can benefit from extra opportunities to study and develop their skills.
“Through our support of students, we will also help to increase their prospects of employment and contribute to the town’s economy through valuable relationships with the Foundation, the college and the local council.”
All entrants and projects will be photographed, and a gallery of the presentations will be placed on the College’s website and at https://www.flickr.com/photos/hartlepoolfe/sets/