A RARE insight into the future of fuel was given to an award winning apprentice from West Cheshire College.

Motor vehicle apprentice Ross Wilson discovered more about the innovative technology that is helping to shape the future of fuel and lubricants research during a day-long visit to Shell Technology Centre Thornton, near Chester.

As part of his prize for winning the Shell Motor Apprentice of the Year at West Cheshire College’s Annual Awards, Ross, 20, spent the day at Shell’s leading centre for fuels, lubricants and automotive engine research.

Ross, from Neston, who recently completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Light Vehicle), spent the day working within different areas of the site – including the Road Test Laboratory that prepares test vehicles for trial, the Engine Testing Area and the Lubricants Blending Plant.

Ross, who works for Lookers Renault in Chester, said: “I had a fantastic day at Shell – it was really interesting to see first hand how everything works at such a renowned company.

“I particularly enjoyed the lubricants blending tour as it was interesting to see how different products are formulated. It was a great insight into the industry.”

Shell, which has sponsored Apprentices at West Cheshire College for many years, also gave Ross the opportunity to meet with employees who are on Year in Industry and Technical Training Enterprise schemes.

Shell site manager Holger Paesler said: “We are pleased to continue our long relationship with West Cheshire College’s Motor Vehicle Section. We want to inspire local Apprentices to help them visualise what they could aim for as a future career.”

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