Motor Vehicle and Business students gain work experience on the continent

Students from Petroc gathered at the college’s Taw Restaurant last night (April 18), to celebrate their successful work experience trip to Spain.

The learners, who study either business or motor vehicle at the college’s North and Mid Devon Campuses, spent two weeks in Barcelona to sharpen their skills and learn about different working practices on the continent.

The trip was arranged as part of Petroc Go; a project that will enable Petroc to send over 150 learners to destinations across Europe over the coming year, for work experience and training. The funding for these opportunities comes from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.

As well as gaining real world experience, such as working on cars and planning social media campaigns, the group also got a taste of living in a large cosmopolitan city, taking the Metro, visiting Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and, when Barcelona FC played Chelsea one night, hearing the whole city erupt when Lionel Messi scored.

Motor vehicle student, Shaylen, said: “I learnt so much over the two weeks that I couldn’t have learnt in the classroom”.

The placements were arranged by Petroc’s partner in Spain, Monlau College, who the college has worked with for almost 10 years.

Ruth Shippobotham, a Project Manager at Petroc, explained: “We have been able to return the favour by hosting 12 of Monlau’s students here in North Devon where they have been working in garages and dealerships such as Land Rover and Taw Ford. Their students have continually impressed local garages – West Cross Garage in Braunton regularly invite Monlau students back to Devon for summer work each year.”