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Monday 24 October 2016

Bedford College is reinforcing its relationship with Siemens - the largest engineering company in Europe.

Managing Director of their UK Digital Factory Division, Brian Holliday, visited the Cauldwell Street campus - where he studied on day release as an apprentice of the world-renowned Texas Instruments in the 1980s.

Taking a tour of some still familiar areas of the site, Brian said: "What I learned here as an apprentice has been useful throughout my career - it was an excellent foundation”.

"At Siemens, we recognise the value of academic and applied learning as embodied by the Further Education model here at Bedford College.”

Brian met with some students to talk about how they benefited from an apprenticeship or a study and work experience combination.

Head of Engineering at Bedford College Steve Croft said: “Things are changing here to meet the demands of employers. We now offer a BSc at Bedford College which allows those with an HNC/HND to top-up to a full degree.”

Brian Holliday, who left what was then “Mander” College in 1988, met with Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of Bedford College, which is part of the 157/Collab group which works at a national level with employers. 

Bedford College has a distinguished history of training some of the brightest young engineers and it is always very rewarding when they return to share with us their views of how the industry is moving forward in the 21st Century.”

“Meeting Brian was a rare opportunity for our apprentices and trainees and we hope that we can further enhance our relationship with Siemens,” said Ian.

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Pic:  Brian with an area of Bedford College he recognised from his days there in the 1980s

Fact File 

Siemens is a global technology organisation that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation and quality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. In 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion with 348,000 employees worldwide.