Preston College Aeronautical BUC Team

Aeronautical Engineering learners at Preston’s College recently competed in North West Aerospace Alliance’s Business University Challenge, which aims to recognise achievements made by young people studying aerospace and defence within the North West.

The team of three went head-to-head with 11 other teams made up from fellow colleges, universities and North West companies in a series of challenges to test innovation, problem solving, communication, team work, and management and presentation skills.

Muhammad Yousuf, a Level 3 Aeronautical Engineering learner at Preston’s College, said: “Contending in the Business University Challenge improved my communication skills and encouraged me to think on my feet as I would in industry employment. Competing in NWAA’s challenge allowed me to learn valuable skills, such as time management and organisational skills, outside of the teaching and learning environment. This has boosted my confidence and given me a first-hand insight into the world of employment.”

The top 3 teams from the day were then invited to the NWAA New Talent Awards evening on Thursday 1st March 2018, where the winning team will be announced and presented their cash prize of £1,500 along with the winner’s trophy.

Mohammed Hoq, the college’s programme leader for Aeronautical Engineering, said: “The day gave our learners the opportunity to experience first-hand business operations within the aerospace industry. Our College is committed to making learners ‘the most employable’ and competitions like this give young people the opportunity to learn new skills in a work place environment. The opportunity has reinforced our students’ passion to learn more about the aeronautical field and the skills which underpin the industry, as this greatly supplements their studies.”

Preston’s College offers Aeronautical Engineering courses at Level 3 to Higher National Diploma (HND) with places still available in September. To find out more, visit

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