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Students Build and Race Their Own Boats!

Marine Engineering students recently put their own handcrafted boats to the test on the Menai Straits, as part of a day visit to the Conway Centre in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.

The Coleg Llandrillo students, which form part of the 14-16 year old schools provision, got to race each other in their own paddle boats, and were then given an introduction to powerboats, learning how to safely drive a boat both in close-quarter manoeuvring and at speed.

From the beginning of the project, the students took the lead in each aspect of the build process. Working in teams, the learners have selected and prepared materials and worked with a range of hand and power tools to build their boats to the desired specification. Finally, they spent time sanding down the wood and painting the boats to their liking.

Gavin Jones, Construction Programme Area Manager, said,

"The day trip to the Conway Centre was a great experience for our 14-16 year old cohort, it was really rewarding to see learners getting enthused and engaged, learning new skills and working as a team”.

He added,

“The Marine Engineering and Boatbuilding Department at Coleg Llandrillo offers a range of fully-funded courses, which can lead to fantastic careers in the marine industry as we work in partnership with both major international and local employers. Please get in touch or visit our website for more information!”

For more information on Marine Engineering courses, please click here.