Murrelektronik awards work placement in Germany to two Wigan UTC students
16 September 2015
University Technical College Wigan and German electronics manufacturer, Murrelektronik team up to offer overseas work placement to Wigan Students.
Two promising young engineering students have been selected for a work placement at industrial automation specialist, Murrelektronik's headquarters in Oppenweiler, Germany. In October, the Wigan UTC students will become part of the Murrelektronik manufacturing team and gain an insight into how over 42,000 products and components are produced for a wide variety of industries and market segments.
The UK branch of Murrelektronik has an ongoing partnership with Wigan UTC. Murrelektronik is one of the UTC's international employer partners who, in addition to providing scholarship opportunities for UTC students, currently sponsors an electronics teaching laboratory at the UTC which is equipped with Murrelektronik equipment and used to support the delivery of the UTC's science, technology, engineering and mathematics based curriculum.
Wigan UTC students have taken part in a rigorous selection process. Starting with an initial application form and CV, followed by a written research project, assessed by UK Murrelektronik managing director Peter Rogers. The students also had to hone their presentation skills and present their findings to Mr Rogers and marketing manager Korina Parker and UTC staff in September 2015.
Now, successful students Fiona Bradshaw and Elliot Morris, both studying a-levels and technical diplomas in engineering, have the opportunity to gain valuable practical skills to complement their academic achievements.
“Murrelektronik UK is proud to sponsor this scholarship scheme," says Peter Rogers. "We see this as a wonderful opportunity for Wigan UTC students, giving them an insight into Murrelektronik and our industry. This may in turn lead them to employment as engineers in Germany or in the UK."
“Wigan UTC is a great educational establishment which offers students options at 18 years of age to go onto University or take a high status engineering apprenticeships," says Murrelektronik UK marketing manager, Korina Parker. "We hope that our strengthening relationship with the UTC will mean one day students from Wigan secure jobs with us here in the UK or at one of our international manufacturing sites.”
“This is the second year Murrelektronik have sponsored a scholarship for UTC students," says Wigan UTC Academy principal, Chris Hatherall. "This is a world class and life changing opportunity for UTC students. I look forward to celebrating the successes of this year’s applicants.”
Last year’s participants, Charlie Kay and Thomas Hindley have both secured their futures with thanks in part to their experiences in Germany last year. Charlie has been successful in applying for one of the most competitive apprenticeship places available, beating over 2,000 other applicants and securing a place with Jaguar Land Rover, while Thomas has secured a place at University to study automotive engineering - one or the largest manufacturing sectors that Murrelektronik supply into.
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