Jet2 donates aeronautical equipment to Preston College has donated £60,000 worth of aeronautical equipment to enable students at Preston College to learn and train using some up-to-date aircraft equipment.

Preston College has seen a rise in the number of applicants for its Aeronautical Engineering course. The two-year course allows students to learn, develop and practice the knowledge and skills required for employment in the Aeronautical Engineering sector through a combination of classroom activities and practical lessons.

The airline donated a U/S 737-300 landing gear, allowing Aeronautical Engineering students to study aircraft equipment first-hand, rather than relying on manuals which they have had to do previously.

Neil Tomlinson, tutor at Preston College, added: “Part of the BTEC level 3 national extended diploma in Aeronautical Engineering requires the learners and apprentices to examine the structure of an aircraft undercarriage; prior to receipt of this donation, we relied on our learners reading manuals and trying to visualise the components, now they can see the real thing.

"The social value and community benefit by this kind donation is very impactful and enables Preston College to carry on training our learners to be the most employable when they leave college and ready for industry."

Chris Hubbard, director of engineering at, said: "As the UK’s third largest airline, it is important to support the next generation of engineers. We recognise the significant impact that receiving practical experience outside of the classroom has on the students learning and hope that our donation helps to strengthen their knowledge.

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