Students Engage with REME Engineering Challenge

Students Engage with REME Engineering Challenge

A group of twenty Blackburn College students, from Level 1 and Level 2 Motor Vehicle courses, spent two days with soldiers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), and the Royal Engineers testing their soldiering skills in a number of engineering exercises.

Students were tasked with making vehicle bolts using only hand tools; building emergency rafts from scrap materials; and working together to recover and winch a stranded Army Land Rover out of a sand dune.

The programme, aimed at raising awareness of opportunities available for engineers within the British Army, challenged students in a number of disciplines and encouraged team work and quick thinking.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Steve Hutchinson, Youth Engagement Officer at Head Quarters North West said “We’ve challenged these young engineers to use the skills they’ve learned at college to solve real – world problems quickly and in the difficult circumstances our own personnel sometimes face. It’s been tough, but I think the students have enjoyed the experience.”

Engineering students from Blackburn College have been put through their paces in an Army Engineering Challenge at Altcar Training Area, Merseyside.

Autumn Stamp, who studies Maintenance and Repair Specialist Level 2 said “It’s been such a great experience and has given us insight into the skills required for a career within the REME. I really want to join the Army and become a REME engineer once I have finished my studies.

“I chose the Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Specialist Level 2 course so that I could learn relevant skills that would help me enter the REME and this experience has proved how useful those skills will be.”

Tutor Craig Midgely who served with the REME for 16 years explained “The Engineering Challenge has been a fantastic way of showing the students what opportunities are available to them within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

“Employability is a key focus at Blackburn College and we work closely with over 3,000 employers* to provide students with relevant and valuable work experience. I have found the Army training days to be an excellent, enjoyable and engaging way of providing students with a realistic insight into how they can enter engineering within the Armed Forces.”

Blackburn College are proud partners of The British Army and the engineering challenge ties in with the Armed Forces Covenant that was signed in September, allowing students access to opportunities within the Armed Forces.

*Data from August 2013 to June 2016

25 Oct 2017, 09:55 AM