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Motor vehicle students at Northampton College will be able to refine their skills on up-to-date equipment following a generous donation of bumpers, starter motors, turbos, fan belts and steering racks.

The parts were handed over by Ryan Cleary, Head of Transport at LKQ Euro Car Parts, who was himself a former student at Booth Lane.

He said: "I came here 20 years ago and now my son comes here, so I just saw an opportunity to actually give back to the community. I spoke to the guys in the workshops and they were over the moon. There is a complete array of stock items so it should come in useful.

"From my previous experience, actually seeing a physical item rather than looking at a picture has a massive benefit to the students. I learned by how I touch things and see things in real-time so I’m hoping that will benefit them in that sense."

The old parts were sitting unused and are ideal for students to practice on and hone their skills as they prepare for a career in workshops and garages.

LKQ Euro Car Parts has a distribution centre in St James Mill Road, Northampton and their Head Office is in Tamworth.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal of Northampton College, said: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome back our former students and we are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Ryan at the team at LKQ Euro Car Parts. This will make a real difference to our motor vehicle department as it is so important for students to be working on modern equipment in a rapidly changing industry where technology is evolving every single day.”