Mechanical engineering students from Lincoln gain practical experience with new programme


LAST month CATCH Skills hosted 80 University of Lincoln Mechanical students for four days to take part in the ‘CATCH Experience’ programme.

The students, who were in their first year of their degree, benefited from practical hands-on experience.

The aim was to demonstrate how their skills would be used within a workplace.

The training included Introduction to Plant Process, COSHH/Hazard Identification, DCS Simulator, Loss of Containment, Laser Alignment, Pumps and Flange Integrity.

James McIntosh, Director of the CATCH Engineering Training Partnership, said: “We were delighted to be able to deliver such a varied programme for the University of Lincoln students at CATCH.

“It is great to see another University wanting to enhance their Engineering degree curriculum with a range of different practical based experiences so the students can find out more about our industry.

“The feedback from the students was that they enjoyed seeing how the industrial environment linked into their studies and that the hands-on experience was most enjoyable.

“CATCH has an excellent relationship with the University of Lincoln, and we look forward to working with them again in the future on a variety of projects.”

CATCH Skills’ facilities hosts partnerships with multiple training providers including further education colleges and private organisations who are recognised as leaders in their field, working closely with the companies to generate programmes that offer solutions and cater for their training needs.

‘Practical experience’ in a degree programme is very difficult to achieve yet is valued as extremely important by employers.

The ‘CATCH Experience’ programme allows students to apply and transfer their Engineering theoretical studies into practical scenarios, within a safe and controlled environment.

The students felt this experience ‘provided real life examples of equipment’ and allowed them to ‘gain visual and hands on experience of the theory.’

It allows the students to have an ‘insight to what a career in engineering would be like.’