Last week, our Performing Engineering Operations apprentices visited the North East Land Sea & Air Museum in Washington to see how engineering has changed over the past 100 or so years.

The museum demonstrated to learners how they have preserved the engineering practices of yesteryear, enhancing the experience of those who visit.

NA College is working with a number of different partners on the 'Digital Heritage' initiative to shape its curriculum using digital technology and history in innovative ways to ensure young people have the skills they need now, and help them develop a respect for methodologies of past practices.

Learning Support Manager, Alison Brough, said: "NA College offers fantastic vocational opportunities to young people across the North East and have the best relationships with industry.

"The use of digital technology at the college is fascinating, we're leading the way when it comes to the creative learning experience in all subjects, using it to tap into the talent that clearly exists across the North East.

During the visit, students looked around the whole museum at all of the different planes and equipment that has been preserved since the museum opened.

Max Abele, one of our PEO apprentices at NAC Outsourcing said: "I gathered facts about war vehicles and aircrafts that I never knew existed. It was fascinating to look at the historic designs of the fighter jets and even fire engines. It allowed me to understand the traditional engineering parts of aircrafts.

What excites me the most about revisiting the museum is that I have the opportunity to clean and redesign areas and parts of the hangers. This can be using a dust pan and brush to clear away any small waster around the aircrafts, paint and redecorating the hangers, or designing a new stand to withstand one of their aircrafts.”

NA College have committed to visiting the North East Land Sea & Air Museum again in the future to allow students to participate in volunteering work to help improve the museum for the wider community.