SCHOOL NEWS: Helicopter firm motivates Holyrood Academy engineers

SCHOOL NEWS: Helicopter firm motivates Holyrood Academy engineers

SIXTH-FORM engineering students from Holyrood Academy in Chard spent a day at the Leonardo helicopter factory with its graduate team.

Students were given a tour of the production line at the Yeovil factory – better known as Westlands – and saw the EH101 helicopter being built.

They went on to visit the training facilities, climbing on and into a helicopter to experience how apprentices are trained up. Their highlight was definitely having the opportunity to fly a £2million flight simulator!

Leonardo staff then dedicated the afternoon to supporting the Holyrood Sixth-Formers with presentations from graduates and apprentices, detailing opportunities within the company and how to fill in application forms effectively.

Rob Janes, engineering teacher at Holyrood, said: “Days like these are invaluable. We are very grateful to Leonardo for offering support and guidance to our students.

“A great day was had by all and we returned as enthused and motivated prospective engineers!”

PHOTO – TOP: Pictured (from left) are Nathanael Alcock, Daniel Beer, Liam Mathieson, Tristan Johnston, Thomas Hurr, Joe Hull, Kieran Hallet, Joseph Hobson, Jamie Scriven, Rhys Jurado and engineering teacher Rob Janes outside the Leonardo factory in Yeovil.

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