Engineering students had the delectable pleasure of visiting the region’s NESTLE factory, based in Fawdon. With a constant aroma of chocolate being a perk of the job; students shadowed Maintenance Technicians to find out more about NESTLE, who produce some of Britain’s best loved brands.

Level 3 Engineering students were wowed by the enormity of the NESTLE site; which makes an astonishing 40,000 tons of chocolate on average each year. The students were completely engrossed in their visit; which provided an insight into the workings of the factory, including a chocolate production tour; from the bean to bar.

The aim of the visit was to educate students on processes from an Engineering perspective; Neil Dorward, Deputy Head of Engineering at TyneMet College said: “This is a unique opportunity for students to get an insight into ‘real-life’ factory floor working”. The visit included intriguing aspects of engineering importance including planning operational tasks and monitoring and testing machinery which supports the chocolate and sugar production.

NESTLE provided students with an insight into daily operations; Phil Dodds, Maintenance Technician at Nestlé UK said: “Nestle UK are always keen to be involved in initiatives which can benefit the community and this event showed how rewarding they can be. We hope this insight has inspired them in their drive towards their career goals to continue with their development and we are delighted with their progress as they have converted their outstanding successes at TyneMet College into exceptional on site engineering practices”.

With an award winning Engineering department, Tyne Metropolitan College offers fantastic facilities and is widely recognised by employers for its industry leading training – find out more http://www.tynemet.ac.uk/ engineering