finnish med copyFrom left to right: Samuli Vaihkonen and Adrian Opacic

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London welcomed two students from Finland on Monday (9 February) for two months as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

The two twenty-year old students, Adrian Opacic and Samuli Vaihkonen are currently studying Joinery at the Turku Vocational Institute in Finland.  As part of their visit they have a timetable of activities within the College’s construction department to give them an understanding and training on British construction techniques. Their first project is to build a trophy display cabinet for the College’s School of Science and Engineering.

Adrian said, “This is our first time in UK and we are already learning a lot. It’s very different to Finland, there is a more benchwork and the machinery is a completely new to us. I’m looking forward to attending the Eco Build Show at Excel London. It’s a great experience and I can’t wait to that this knowledge back home.”

As part of the programme they will also be immersed in to the College’s social life and sports activities. They will also be given a free afternoon to explore London.

Neil Dellar, Head of Science, Engineering and Construction said, “It’s important to the College to build these strong relationships and this is just the beginning. We will be teaching them different ways of building and building techniques which is knowledge they will keep and help in their careers. We are planning to send our students over to Finland later in the year. These kinds of opportunities are invaluable.”

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