Engineering students from City of Wolverhampton College are packing their bags and jetting off to Portugal on Saturday (March 28) for two weeks’ work experience.

A group of eight students who are studying for the Level 3 BTEC diploma in mechanical engineering will be spending a fortnight in the ancient city of Braga working for a number of local mechanical engineering companies and finding out about career opportunities abroad.

To prepare for their placements the students took part in cultural and language workshops to learn about the history and customs of the country and how to communicate with their Portuguese colleagues.

Student Aaron Davis said: “Doing work experience in Portugal will be an opportunity for us to learn about engineering processes used in a different country and to demonstrate the skills we are learning on our course to our new colleagues.”

The trip has been organised through the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme which enables students and organisations across Europe to work together to improve and develop skills in the future workforce.

Lucy Bennett, student projects officer at the college, said: “The programme enables students to gain valuable work experience and improve their understanding of different cultures which, in turn, will boost their career prospects by proving that they are equipped to think and work on a global basis.”

The students will be in Braga until April 11 and, as part of the trip, will also visit the nearby towns of Porto and Viana do Castelo.


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