Flying out of the classroom

Look: The Newman work experience students
Look: The Newman work experience students
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Students from a city college have been getting a taste of the world of work.

The high fliers from Cardinal Newman College in Preston swapped their desks to spend seven days on placement with BAE Systems.

The group helped out at the aerospace giant’s Warton factory and were shown the ropes in a variety of different roles, with students assigned to lots of departments including; working around Typhoon jets, helping out with project management and manning parts of the maintenance section.

The week-long venture was the first of its kind to be run at BAE Systems and according to the students provided them with a valuable and interesting look at the world of engineering.

First year student Andrew Jamieson, said he saw “some pretty interesting things” while there.

The teenager said: “I got to use an electromagnetic telescope and they also had a machine which fired water at such a high pressure it cut through metal.”

As well as providing interesting spectacles the experience gave the students a chance to see what jobs were likely to be avilabel to them within the engineering sector, even changing the minds of some students,

Rebecca McArdle said: “I was looking at probably applying to jobs behind a desk within the engineering sector, but after my placement I’d now really love to get involved in a more hands-on role.”