The Car repair students at Newcastle College put their skills to work by restoring a classic car in aid of charity.

Level two students studying the diploma in vehicle accident body repair principles restored the 1960s Rover 100 which is now ready to be sent to auction, where it will raise money for BEN — the motor and allied trades Benevolent fund.

The learners fixed bodywork and kept a photo diary of the work carried out, including everything from sanding off the paintwork, welding broken parts, administering filler and repainting it.

Learner Bethany Pattie, aged 18, worked on the project and has now moved on to the level three course.

She said: “We were all excited about the project because we had never done anything like it before, and we really wanted to raise money for BEN.

“We have had a mind-blowing experience. I think we have all learned a lot about ourselves, as well as each other. Seeing the Rover in its glory, all gleaming and shiny, is a wonderful feeling.”


Main pic: Student Bethany Pattie with the restored 1960s Rover 100

Winners of the 2023 Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards

Award nameSponsorWinnerEmployer (Training Provider)
Apprentice of the Year 2023 PearsonJoseph LennoxHMRC (Capita Learning)
Accounting & Finance (Apprentice Award)Kaplan FinancialJoseph LennoxHMRC (Capita Learning)
Accounting & Finance (Employer Award)Kaplan FinancialNatWest Group
Management, Legal & Professional Services (Apprentice Award) Mindful Education Alisha KasobyaMBDA (University of Hertfordshire)
Management, Legal & Professional Services (Employer Award) Mindful EducationWTW
Charity, Voluntary & Public Services (Apprentice Award) NCFEAymen BelkacemiMultiverse (University College London )
Charity, Voluntary & Public Services (Employer Award)NCFEBolton at Home
Health, Medical & Social Care (Apprentice Award) Royal NavyChristina Dumitriu Jackson AstraZeneca (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Health, Medical & Social Care (Employer Award)Royal NavyLancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Construction Services (Apprentice Award) Severn TrentTracy Fearon Nottingham City Council Housing Services (Nottingham College)
Construction Services (Employer Award)Severn TrentHS2 Ltd
Engineering & Manufacturing (Apprentice Award) JTL TrainingAlexia Williams  Rolls-Royce (Cranfield University)
Engineering & Manufacturing (Employer Award)JTL TrainingSevern Trent
Digital & Technology (Apprentice Award) BT GroupTracy Tran BT Group (Ravensbourne University)
Digital & Technology (Employer Award)BT GroupSalesforce
Creative, Media & Marketing (Apprentice Award) Occupational Awards LimitedAbu Berete  BT Group (QA)
Creative, Media & Marketing (Employer Award)Occupational Awards LimitedBBC
Retail, Hospitality & Tourism (Apprentice Award) Lifetime TrainingAkwasi Boateng  British Airways (Avado)
Retail, Hospitality & Tourism (Employer Award)Lifetime TrainingCompass Group UK & Ireland
Transport & Logistics (Apprentice Award) British ArmyMamadou Kone  Amazon (University of Exeter)
Transport & Logistics (Employer Award)British ArmyGo-Ahead Group
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year  Skills & Education GrouHoney Warner  Performance Through People (PTP Training)
Judges’ Choice  Lloyds Banking GroupJainna Bhalla  Leonardo (Coventry University)
Small, Medium Employer of the Year Amazing ApprenticeshipsHockley Mint
Large Employer of the Year  NOCN GroupLloyds Banking Group
Learning Provider of the Year (Small Learning Provider)Association of Employment and Learning ProvidersThe Development Manager (TDM)
Learning Provider of the Year (Large Learning Provider)Association of Employment and Learning ProvidersJTL Training
University of the Year UCASManchester Metropolitan University
Steve Lawrence Award for Commitment to Apprenticeships  Pathway GroupPaul Sobers,National Grid
Overall Contribution to Apprenticeships Multicultural Apprenticeship AllianceGraham Hasting-Evans, NOCN

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