As part of the on-going education and school links programme, four Coulsdon College BTEC Engineering students were given the chance of a week’s work experience at Gatwick Airport.

Richard Briggs, Chris Barnes, Dhanish Dauhoo and Dave Ngaleu spent a week with Gatwick’s engineering team to gain an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ at an airport. This involved shadowing team members in a range of departments including security, heating systems, light safety and in the airfield.

Following the week, Dhanish commented, “I enjoyed seeing how the systems worked; it was a real eye opener.”

Chris continued, “I got a much better sense of how the different departments work together,” and Dave agreed, saying, “I have a much better understanding of their teams and how they have to work together for the safety of the airport.”

Richard followed up, by saying, “It has given me a much better understanding into the systems which are all needed for so much more than you realise when you walk through the airport.’

Gatwick offers an Apprenticeship scheme in the airport’s engineering department. As a result of their work experience, all four students are looking to apply.

Find out more about studying Engineering at Coulsdon College.

Find out more about Work Experience and Apprenticeship Programmes from the College Careers Department.

Information for schools

Croydon College Group offers a wide range of activities to provide support to schools, parents, carers and students with post-16 decisions. Through activities both at the college and onsite at local schools, the diverse range of courses on offer at Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre is explored.

Information is provided on the various opportunities available for both vocational and academic pathways. This, combined with the wide range of apprenticeships, delivered by the World of Work team, provides an important resource for post-16 options. 

Contact the team at or phone us on 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676 for more information.

Let’s work together:

Assemblies and Presentations

Delivered at your school and providing either a general overview of courses available or tailored specifically to the needs and interests of the student year group in attendance. Focus subjects could include apprenticeships, applying to universities, T Levels or sector-specific subjects.

Career Events & Options Evenings

Virtual or in-person we welcome the opportunity to support your events and engage with students and parents. Our team can also be available to attend application and interview workshops also GCSE results day. 

Onsite Taster Sessions

Engaging and interactive sessions with specialist lecturers in areas including criminology, fashion and textiles, media studies, music performance, photography, science and much more. Sessions can be held on-site at our colleges or at your school. Please enquire about specific subjects.

Campus Tours

Your students can tour our campuses, chat with members of the teams and explore our range of departments and facilities. Building your own tour, allows you to choose the areas your students are keen to view the most, and with a large course offering, this ensures they get the most out of their visit and enough time to ask any questions they may have.

The Programme can also help to support evidence of careers activity provision in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Croydon Colleges Group is always pleased to build strong relationships with local schools and sixth forms and produce a newsletter to keep schools and sixth forms up to date with the exciting work of School  Partnership Programme

To discuss your requirements further or to be added to the mailing list, please contact: or call 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676.


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