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Wakefield College teams up with Yamaha Motor Europe

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James Fenton (centre) pictured with Wakefield College's Graham Sherwin (left) and Andy Kitchen

Wakefield College teams up with Yamaha Motor Europe…

 A former engineering student from Wakefield College has ensured future motorcycle studies learners can get to grips with a host of top of the range bikes after his employer Yamaha loaned motorcycles worth more than £80,000 to the College. James Fenton, who studied Engineering at the College’s old Whitwood site in the early 2000s, is now a Service Training Officer for Yamaha Motor Europe where he is responsible for service training for the UK dealership network. As part of the new partnership, which will see Yamaha service technicians making use of the extensive motorcycle maintenance workshops at the College, James also facilitated the use of brand new motorcycles that learners studying at the College’s Castleford Campus will use as part of their future studies. 

Wakefield College Curriculum Development Manager, Andy Kitchen said: “Our partnership with Yamaha UK provides our learners with the opportunity to work with the latest cutting edge motorcycle technology which means our young people and adult learners can be confident the knowledge they have gained will put them at an advantage in the jobs market. The new partnership also ensures our mission statement of ‘transforming lives through learning, by enabling young people, adults and employers to fulfil their potential’ is further embedded into the College culture.”

James Fenton, added: “Creating a centre in the North helps Yamaha dealers access hands on training they require. From my personal first-hand experience of the extensive engineering courses offered by Wakefield College, it was the perfect choice to choose them. The facilities at Castleford are second to none and providing the motorcycles can only benefit the next generation of technicians for our exciting industry.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 15 August, 2017

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