Engineering students build Santa a hand-crafted sleigh

St Helens Star: Engineering students build Santa a hand-crafted sleigh Engineering students build Santa a hand-crafted sleigh

YOUNG engineers at St Helens College turned the tables on Father Christmas by presenting him with a hand-crafted sleigh.

Engineering students have spent the past few months creating a new sleigh commissioned by Prescot Rotary Club.

The sleigh hit the streets on December 8 in Knowsley on its rounds collecting donations for charity.

Fabrication and welding students who enrolled on the NVQ level two course in September began work on the project six weeks ago, reading drawings, fabricating shapes and welding.

They were assisted by level three day release students and level one and two diploma motor body students, who painted the sleigh.

Student, Luke Baker said: “I enjoyed working on the project as I felt like I was giving something back to the community. The project has helped me with my course; I’ve learned new skills and feel more confident.”

Gemma Hyland, another fabrication and welding student, said: “Working on the sleigh helped me to overcome my shyness when working with other people – it’s really helped me learn how to work as a team.”

Lecturer Jim Clarke praised the students.

He said: “The project has been really worthwhile and has given the students valuable experience of working in a realistic working environment.

“The whole group have responded well, they’ve done a remarkable job.”

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