Focusing On The Essentials - The Directory Group

Focusing on the essentials

Alton College strengthened its links with the Armed Forces during a special visit from Staff Sergeant Paul Birkbeck and Lance Corporal Alex Moorcroft.

The pair, from the Abingdon Race Team (Oxfordshire), returned to The Sonardyne Centre to lend a helping hand to engineering students learning Army standard bicycle maintenance.

Students brought in their bikes which needed attention, and then worked alongside the army personnel on puncture repairs, checking treads and fixing gear mechanisms.

The students will continue working on maintaining good levels of care on the bikes throughout the course, focussing on the essential checks of tyres, brakes and gears. 

Hilary Hill, teacher of engineering at Alton College, said: “It is great to welcome back Staff Sergeant Birkbeck and Lance Corporal Moorcroft after the success of last year’s workshop. This visit serves to strengthen our links with the army, and gives the students the opportunity to see what they are learning put into everyday practise. The students are learning plenty of new techniques and skills that they can use outside of college.”

The pair, from the Abingdon Race Team (Oxfordshire), returned to The Sonardyne Centre to lend a helping hand to engineering students learning Army standard bicycle maintenance.

Students brought in their bikes which needed attention, and then worked alongside the army personnel on puncture repairs, checking treads and fixing gear mechanisms.

The students will continue working on maintaining good levels of care on the bikes throughout the course, focussing on the essential checks of tyres, brakes and gears. 

Hilary Hill, teacher of engineering at Alton College, said: “It is great to welcome back Staff Sergeant Birkbeck and Lance Corporal Moorcroft after the success of last year’s workshop. This visit serves to strengthen our links with the army, and gives the students the opportunity to see what they are learning put into everyday practise. The students are learning plenty of new techniques and skills that they can use outside of college.”

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