A leading supplier in the motorcycle industry has delivered a bespoke training session with motorcycle students at New College Lanarkshire.
Scottoiler, an award-winning accessories manufacturer of motorbike chain lube systems, delivered a product familiarisation day with over 20 first, second and third year students at the College’s specialist automotive facilities in the Motherwell Campus.
The day was the first event of its kind for Scottoiler, showcasing products to the next generation of motorcycle engineers while sharing knowledge and training.
The day kicked off with a presentation from Sales and Marketing Director Nick Muddle. He gave the students a brief history of the family owned and run company, including the story of Fraser Scott, the inventor who started the Scottoiler story in the 1970s.
The students then had the chance to get practical with the products, fitting them onto motorcycles in the College’s state-of-the-art workshop.
Nick said: “After many years in the making the day turned out to be a great success and we enjoyed having the opportunity to engage with the students.
“The commitment of the College staff to furthering the students learning experience is quite exceptional. As a result the students all seemed genuinely engaged throughout the day, asking specific questions to ensure the quality of their installations and understanding.
“Following the success of the day we will certainly look forward to working with the college again in the future.”
Staff members from partner organisations including Saltire motorcycles, Drysdales motorcycles, Triumph Glasgow, Ducati Glasgow and Rebz Motorcycles were also in attendance, allowing students networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities with those employed within the industry.
Scottoiler donated all the products used in the familiarisation day to the College so that current and future students can continue to develop their knowledge and training with industry-standard materials.
Des Reid, Motorcycle Lecturer at NCL said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of external companies such as Scottoiler. It really improves the authenticity of the student experience.
“It was a great opportunity for our students to get to grips with the practical – fitting real parts to real bikes. Unfortunately in further education, this isn’t’ always possible, so it was fantastic to have the support of such a reputable company.
The event was organised by Lecturer Leonard Gingell, who is part of Scottoiler’s Brand Ambassador Programme.
He said: “I was appointed a Brand Ambassador in 2019 but in truth I have been an ambassador for Scottoiler for decades – because the products do exactly what they say on the tin. It’s really nice to make that official.
“To get this information straight from the horse’s mouth - from the people who actually design, test, and manufacture and distribute the products - is second to none.
“We have been in discussion about this type of training for a few years, and it’s fantastic that we are bringing education and industry in the sector together.
“I am exceptionally proud to have hosted training for Scottoiler, Yamaha UK, Kawasaki UK, Suzuki GB, Aprilia UK, Moto-Guzzi UK and a few more over the past two decades.
“These training partnerships are absolutely invaluable to everyone involved. It’s essential further education works as closely as it can with industry and employers. It’s something that is very close to my heart.”
Student feedback for the event was positive, with one student commenting: “I believe that this type of education is the way forward - allowing up and coming technicians to gain experience and confidence with a fantastic product that they will then pass on to their customers in the future.
“I hope that this will become an annual event for all current and future students as it was really valuable.
“Thanks to the staff for putting it all together for us. The effort you put in to enrich our learning experience goes above and beyond what many students could hope for.”
New College Lanarkshire offers a range of courses in Automotive and applications are now open. For more information visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/automotive