Three young engineers manufacture great future with global business, Freudenberg

Three young engineers manufacture great future with global business, Freudenberg

Posted On 3rd July 2013 By Susan Ambrosi

Three exceptionally talented students have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to work with global business Freudenberg Oil and Gas UK.

George Toshev, 29 and Richard Gardener, 23, both from Sunderland and Suraj Koshla, 19, from North Shields, have all studied Engineering courses at Newcastle College and have now secured permanent employment at Freudenberg’s UK site in Throckley.

Freudenberg operates globally in countries across Europe, the United States and Asia and thanks to the quality of the training and teaching they have received at the college, the young men will now go on to further their careers in the industry.

David Scott, General Manager of Freudenberg Oil and Gas Newcastle, is an alumni of the college and an advocate of the training available.

‘I studied Chemistry at Newcastle College and both my daughters have studied art-based courses here. Having researched what level of training and support was available in other education establishments, by approaching the college I got the service and the quality of students that I need to grow the company.

‘Freudenberg is a global leader in the industry and only the people with the best training, business acumen and ambition will do. The company demands the very highest calibre of employees and I found the standard I require at the college’.

As testament to Freudenberg’s commitment to the students, George was awarded a special Freudenberg Award, as well as Student of the Year from the School, at an event hosted by Newcastle College’s School of Applied Science. George was handed a cheque for £1000 by David, to help further George’s study. Suraj received a special Director’s Award from the School.

The training that all three students received has been specifically designed to support the business and give the employer exactly what it needs. Richard has secured a position as Junior Design Engineer, Suraj as Trainee Design Engineer and George as Operations Supervisor at Freudenberg Newcastle.

George has already met with Freudenberg’s global President and CEO. Richard and Suraj have held a meeting with Freudenberg's Senior Design Engineer in the UK and they will all get the opportunity to meet with the Vice President of Engineering next month.

Andy Stephenson, Director of the School of Engineering and Science at the college, said ‘Last night’s event was a celebration of the exceptional student talent within Engineering and how we work closely with employers to provide the workforce that they need.

‘Our positive links with Freudenberg will continue in what is an important relationship not only for the college but for the North East as a whole. It is vital for the region’s economy that we consult, develop and cement links with leaders in the industry’.

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