Motoring students scoop trip to French college

Andy Norgate and Dave Ayling
Andy Norgate and Dave Ayling
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SEVEN lucky students will be jet setting to France for an all-expenses-paid trip to a motoring college.

The team of motorcycling mechanics students from Fareham College will spend a week at the Henri Fertet college just outside Dijon where they will learn about French culture as well as how their French counterparts train.

Leonardo - the organisation that runs the exchange programme - is giving the students a grant worth 42,000 euros so the students will not have to pay for anything.

Dave Ayling, 17, one of just two level one students chosen for the course, said: ‘I got lucky because some of the level two students dropped out and my tutor gave me the opportunity as I’d been doing well in class.

‘I can’t wait to go out there and pick up more skills so I can come back armed with even better knowledge and ability.

‘I’m going to make the most of this trip because it’s my ambition to own a garage when I get all my qualifications.’ He added: ‘I’ve not been to France since I was two years old so I’m also hoping to learn a few words out there – currently I can just about manage bonjour!’

The trip could lay the foundations for similar projects at the college in the future.

Fareham College, which hosted the French students last year, hopes to set up a similar scheme with an Italian college in 2012.