A GROUP of French students has been given “un petit” insight into Wearside industry.
Auto parts company Lear Corporation and hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, the University of Sunderland’s Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Automotive Practice (AMAP) and Sunderland City Council have been hosting a group from the city’s twin town of Saint-Nazaire.
Four students from Polytech’ Nantes have enjoyed three months’ experience in manufacturing and automotive development, thanks to the city council’s international team, the sixth-consecutive year Sunderland companies have taken part in the programme.
Deputy Mayor, Coun Brian Curran, met the students and representatives from the host companies at Lear’s Rainton Bridge plant.
“We are very proud of our international links, and particularly of our relationship with Saint-Nazaire, which we have been twinned with for more than 60 years,” he said.
“It is very pleasing that we can work together on exchange programmes such as this one, which benefits the students taking part as well as the host companies.
“This is a great hands-on programme that gives French students rare opportunities to study manufacturing and automotive development with international companies and a leading research institute.
“We’re proud to be a European city, and delighted that Sunderland’s business links with France are thriving.”
Lear plant boss Jim Casey added: “We are very pleased to have taken part in this programme for another year, and to help share our expertise in our field with students from our twin town.”
Student Nicolas Manneville said: “This has been a fantastic experience for us, and we’re very grateful for the opportunity.”