Jon Corbett, Reece Edwards and Eddie Peake

Leading pumping solutions provider Selwood has donated cutting edge industry equipment to train the next generation of pump engineers and construction workers at Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG).

Construction Plant apprentices studying at NSCG’s brand new Skills and Innovation Centre at Stafford College benefit from training within high specification learning environments bursting with industry-standard equipment. Having recently received the donation of an S100 solids handling pump from Selwood, they will now also get hands-on experience using a market leading product in the water and construction industries.

The S100 is used to safely handle water containing sewage and solid waste and is commonly used by contractors working in utility and construction projects. Fitted with SelWatch, Selwood’s remote cloud-based telematics tool, the pump allows real-time performance monitoring without the need to travel to site, keeping track of fuel levels, performance and maintenance requirements.

Being able to use this pioneering equipment and technology will allow apprentices studying at Stafford College to gain hands-on experience with industry-standard kit ensuring they leave with a good understanding of a wide range of construction machinery.

Reece Edwards, Head of Product and Service Excellence, said: “We’re proud of Selwood’s long-standing links with NSCG, where we have mentored dozens of students and supported many with apprenticeship placements over the years.

“The College’s work aligns perfectly with Selwood’s approach to educating young people about our industry and helping to give them a head start when beginning their careers.

“We’re delighted to be deepening this relationship with the donation of a Selwood-manufactured S100 solids handling pump, which will provide the students with valuable hands-on experience of one of our flagship products, used in construction and water industry applications around the UK.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with NSCG as we work together to support the industry stars of the future.”

Through its mutually beneficial partnership, Selwood and NSCG have worked together for more than 20 years, and in that time have nurtured dozens of construction plant workers, many of which have continued their careers with the leading pump solutions company.

Curriculum Leader in Construction Plant, Eddie Peake, added: “We value the strong links we have forged with Selwood and appreciate this donation as a gesture to the partnership we have developed over many years.

“This donation will allow us to provide detailed, hands-on training to future construction workers, using modern high-end technologies that support a wide range of construction applications commonly found in industry.

“It is important for students to learn and develop skills using the latest equipment and technologies as this will help them transition smoothly from college to the work environment so we wish to extend heartfelt thanks to Selwood for this gesture.”