Business students visit global automotive manufacturer Unipres

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Sunderland College Business students visited global automotive manufacturer Unipres to see how the business operated.

The students, from the college’s Level three and HND courses, spent the morning at Unipres’ plant in Washington o see engineering production and distribution processes in action. The students found out more about the company’s 35-year history and its Training Academy, a state-of-the-art simulated working environment.

Students wore PPE equipment, safety hats, safety goggles, high-vis and ear plugs as they took a tour around the factory floor which features traditional engineering skills with cutting-edge machines and processes.

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The businesses students were given an overview of the manufacturing operation, from raw materials being moulded into automotive parts in the press shop and then assembled by robots ready to be shipped around the world to brands such as Nissan, Renault and Honda.

Sunderland College Business students on a visit to UnipressSunderland College Business students on a visit to Unipress
Sunderland College Business students on a visit to Unipress

At the end of the tour students got a chance to see some of the company’s industry-leading equipment, including its virtual reality crane and virtual reality welder in action.

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Skills Development Coach at Sunderland College, Christina Etheridge, said: “We would like to thank Unipres for inviting our students to visit their Sunderland plant.

“During the tour they were able to see first-hand the manufacturing process, from the incoming raw materials to the final product being shipped to global networks.

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“We were able to see the business in action and reflect on how this aligns with what they are learning in the classroom, and how they can translate these processes into their assignments, theories and scenarios.”

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