MORE than ten students at a town college are bidding for gold in an industrial cadet award. 

A total of 12 students have been working towards the Industrial Cadet Gold Award at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh

The six-month project sees students work closely with engineers from the International Aerospace, defence and security company, Leonardo, to improve their understanding of the sector. 

The scheme also helps them to showcase their engineering skills.

As part of their evidence for the award, student took part in a two-day residential at the University of Bath, making use of its engineering facilities. 

During the residential the students were mentored by Dr Adrian Evans, a Barton Peveril alumni who is now Head of Engineering at the institution. 

He said: "The University of Bath’s Faculty of Engineering and Design was delighted to welcome over 150 year 12 students from 18 schools and colleges from across the region for the residential.

"The event ran very successfully, with students making good use of the comprehensive facilities provided by the Faculty to progress their projects.

"It was great to see Barton Peveril College among the schools. I have fond memories of my time at BP and it is fantastic to see the college’s continued success.”

The residential event was facilitated by the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, which offers a full range of highly respected engineering degrees. 

Barton Peveril’s Subject Leader for Computer Science, Isabel Culmer, who oversaw the residential, added :"Events like Industrial Cadets workshops gives my students the fantastic opportunity to be exposed to the ‘world of work and university’.

"The students have never experienced working in a team on real problems before. They all really valued this experience.

"All the students were able to successfully progress their projects and make use of the experience of the amazing university staff and their facilities."