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Vauxhall donates cars to College workshop

August 2, 2013

Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port has donated six cars to West Cheshire College as project cars for their motor vehicle students to work on.

West Cheshire College tutor Gerry Jellico shows prospective motor vehicle students the Vauxhall cars which have been donated to the College

The local car manufacturer donated a mix of Astra and Frontera vehicles, which were used by Vauxhall to drive around their plant. They will be added to the College’s new Motor Vehicle Workshop at their Chester Campus.

The cars will be used by Level 2 and 3 students who will fix, maintain and diagnose pre-installed faults helping them to improve their practical and technical skills.

The donation strengthens the partnership between West Cheshire College and Vauxhall as the College has recently increased the number of Apprenticeships they deliver for the car manufacturer, providing 13 for their September 2013 intake.

Joe Flaherty, Programme leader for Motor Vehicle at West Cheshire College, said: “We were delighted with the donation from Vauxhall. They provided us with a mix of petrol and diesel cars in different engine sizes, so it gives our students the experience to work on a variety of models.

“Providing students with real-life experience really helps to improve their skills and makes them job-ready for when they enter the world of work.”

“Vauxhall supports education where we can, not only with our apprenticeship scheme but also with vehicle donations,” said Cherie Denton, Vauxhall’s Community Relations Coordinator.  “We are delighted that the vehicles, from Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port Plant will be used to improve the technical training for young people across all study groups.”

West Cheshire College are still recruiting for their Motor Vehicle course starting in September. For more information about the course call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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