Heavy Vehicle students benefit from equipment donation worth £5k

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Leading commercial vehicle solutions provider IMS Limited has donated equipment worth £5,000 to be used by Heavy Vehicle Maintenance students at New College Lanarkshire.

The Leicestershire-based company, which is the UK’s exclusive distributor of SAF-Holland axle and suspension systems, made the donation recently at our Motherwell Campus.

It gifted a nine-tonne, custom-designed axle, with drum brake and disc brake, which would typically be used on trailers carrying up to 40-tonne loads.

This is the first time that the company has donated components to the College, which will be used by students and apprentices in their practical coursework.

Craig Lawton, IMS’s manager of Fleet Sales for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “The facilities at New College Lanarkshire are brilliant – I was blown away the first time I came here.

“There are a lot more SAF axles in Scotland now, and you’ve got a lot of students coming through from local hauliers that use SAF axles, so it’s beneficial for us to have students trained on our product.

“Initially we were asked if we would come back with a price for two axles, but when I spoke to my managing director, Andy Dyer, he said we would supply them free of charge.”

New College Lanarkshire is the largest further education provider of automotive training in Scotland.

For the last six years, the College has been shortlisted in the 'Approved Centre of the Year' category at the prestigious IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Outstanding Achievers Awards, winning in 2010 and 2015.

Its state-of-the-art £2.3 HGV Training Centre was officially opened in April 2015 to deliver training to students and apprentices as well as up-skilling of existing heavy vehicle engineers.

A standalone building positioned behind the engineering block, the 793sqm centre comprises a workshop area on the ground floor, while on the first floor there is a computer suite with 24 workstations, a teaching classroom and a viewing gallery.

Ian McLintock, Curriculum & Quality Leader for Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle and Motorcycle Maintenance, said: "The donation of these axles will enhance the practical aspects of our students’ training and will also broaden their understanding of how trailer design is developing within the industry.

“Partnerships like these with trailer manufacturers are a win-win as our students can work on systems that are currently employed by most vehicle manufacturers and these students are the future technicians who will undertake service and repair of vehicles that utilise these types of axles.

“We are delighted that IMS has chosen our college to play an active part in their development of training for their axle systems within Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

Applications are open for courses in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance starting in August.

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