Caterpillar Marine gives a gift that will keep on giving

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Caterpillar Apprentices with Principal Lawrence Vincent and Caterpillar General Manager Steve Phillips

A new diesel generator, donated by Caterpillar Marine in Ferndown, will be a superb teaching aid for trainees in the Marine Technology department at the college. Representatives from Caterpillar Marine handed over the machine to mark its developing links with the college.

Last year, for the first time in 25 years, Caterpillar Marine employed two talented Engineering Apprentices through the college, Jordon Ostler and Kieran Phillips. Jordon and Kieran were on hand during last week’s National Apprenticeship Week to welcome the new generator.

The handover formalities were overseen by College Principal Lawrence Vincent and Caterpillar Marine UK General Manager, Steve Phillips.

Caterpillar Marine is part of Caterpillar Inc. - the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

Mr Phillips confirmed they have plans for more Apprenticeship openings within the incoming year which they will work through with the College.
He said: “We’re so pleased to create new Apprenticeships. They fell out of fashion for too long. It’s good to see their popularity on the up.
“For me, Apprenticeships help to forge solid links with departments such as the college’s Marine Technology Centre, and they help secure the future of the marine engineering industry. I began in the industry as a young Apprentice. It’s so rewarding, and with the right commitment by the individual there are simply no limits to how far they can go.”

Nick Farwell, Marine Engineering Lecturer at the college, said the new generator was a fabulous addition to the department.
“It’s a modern piece of kit which will give our students a deeper insight into the latest component design techniques. Set alongside our existing equipment they will be able to appreciate the way designs evolve and see the improvement in efficiency.”
The new generator will be put to work immediately.

Apprentice Kieran from Poole said: “This is a fantastic department and it feels reassuring that the company appreciates the need to give us a solid start in our careers.”