Honda gifts cars to the Automotive department

18 Feb 2021

Automotive students at New College Swindon were given a huge boost with the delivery of vehicles from one of the motoring industry's leading manufacturers.

The department at the College was delighted to receive a donation of five cars in total which included the Honda Civic 1.5 Vtec and Type R models from the local manufacturing plant based in Swindon.

There has always been a great working relationship between the College and Honda which has been very successful, seeing students at all levels learning and going on to work for the company after completing their course.

Martin Campbell, who is the Section Manager of Vehicle Quality at Honda, delivered the vehicles to the College.

This isn’t the first time that he has done this as he recalls back to when he delivered a Honda Concerto that his company donated in 1991.

Martin said: “We are very proud to be able to deliver these cars to the College to help support students who will potentially be the future of the Automotive industry.

“You want cars that students can work on, take apart and then put back together again. Then when students go to work in dealerships, they will already have experience with working with these types of cars which will only help them.”

Martin also delivered car parts as part of the donation to ensure that the Automotive course has all it needs for students to work on the donated vehicles.

Assistant Principal of Automotive, Electrical, Engineering and Construction, Darran Marks said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Honda for donating these fantastic vehicles to our Full-time and Apprentice learning programmes; they are going to be a valuable asset and excellent addition to our workshops.

“This will help our students on a range of our Level 1, 2 and 3 courses and will also be extremely important for their endpoint assessments and Level 3 diagnosing faults.”

Students will have a great opportunity to gain experience in working on both old and new vehicles which will help them develop their skills and progress their ever-expanding knowledge of the motoring industry.

Darren added: “This donation will make a difference.”