Successful partnership between World leading engineering company and North Kent College continues to grow.

31st October 2017

BBA Reman, one of the world’s leading automotive remanufacturers, visited BTEC Diploma Electrical/Electronic Engineering students with the aim to recruit apprentices for their global company.

The company again offered students the opportunity to gain further skills and possibly gain an Electronic Technician apprenticeship with the firm. The company combines engineering expertise with in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry to provide an affordable and reliable alternative to buying new electronic car parts. With offices spanning over 3 continents, they are continuing to grow by 25% each year.

Paul Trompeteler, Director of Engineering and Business Development, was keen to say, “It was great to be back at North Kent College to meet some of this year’s students and to talk about careers in engineering. A number of NKC students have joined us an apprentices and progressed to become full time staff, including several who have reached Workshop or Country Manager level. It is an exciting time to be involved in the car industry, and apprenticeships offer a great route to gain work experience and further develop skills and learning. We look forward to staying in touch with NKC and hope to receive more applications to join our apprenticeship scheme in the future.”

The engineering employer has visited North Kent College for the past five years now. They currently have 3 apprentices whom were recruited last year, and they consistently return to the college and are able to offer a fast career progression for students. Many college Alumni are still working for the company after completing the apprenticeship scheme, such as Joe Petcher, who is now the Workshop Manager for their UK facility based in Rochester. 

During a short presentation from Paul Trompeteler and Peter Burton, Country Manager (UK), the students were given the chance to ask questions about the company and industry, whilst being introduced to the work that BBA Reman do. As valuable hands on experience, Tommy Norris, Technician, talked them through a practical workshop on some components that technicians have to work on at BBA Reman. This gave them the opportunity of what it may be like to be an Apprentice within the company. 

The students benefitted immensely from this visit, as shown by BTEC Level 3 E&E Engineering student, Fiona Winder, “The presenters gave us a good insight of what the company do and what could be offered in terms of employment. Having experienced the work they carried out with the group, together with knowing that numerous students from this College have been successful in gaining a position with this company in the past, I will be making an application for a position with this engineering company”.

Steve Crockford, Curriculum Manager, Engineering remarked, “To have a local company return to us again to recruit technicians from our full-time groups is very satisfying in terms of the work we do here. To hear of the career progression made by students who have gained positions with this company across a time period of five/six years, is testament to the hard work carried out by staff in the engineering department”. 

North Kent College are confident that this partnership with BBA Reman will continue to grow. The relationship we have with them is excellent and we plan to further our work with them to give our students opportunities to pursue a career in their chosen field.


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