Guernsey college may have to suspend engineering course

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Guernsey's College of Further Education has announced it may have to suspend its engineering course in September.

The college has warned prospective students its BTec level three course may not go ahead because only seven have applied for it.

Trevor Wakefield, the college's principal, said eight students were needed in order to justify the cost of running the course.

An online petition has called for the course to continue.

Senior staff at Guernsey Electricity and engineering firm Marine and General have signed it.

Andrew Way, a major projects manager at Marine and General, said: "This particular course has really been designed as a good engineering grounding for technicians and students."

"They may then wish to go on to university and hopefully will come back to the island to give support to the local businesses here."

"We've got to maintain our self-sufficiency," he said.

Bob Beebe, the operations manager at Guernsey Electricity, said: "Engineers are key for this island... to curtail that entry point may not be the best thing to be doing."

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