Leyland Trucks helps Preston's College students

Leyland Trucks is providing local students with technical and work-place skills to help them make the transition from education into the workplace.

The Lancashire-based builder of Daf Trucks will be lending resources to the new £13m Innovation and STEM (iSTEM) Centre at Preston’s College in Fulwood, Preston which opens this September.

It includes donating engines and componentry, supplying technical expertise - both in the lecture room and on-site courses at its factory - plus experience of real employment scenarios.

Leyland Trucks is sponsoring the electrical and electronics area of the new centre to recreate a working environment using company procedures and values, health and safety protocols and departmental engineering practices.

It is also supplying work-wear and personal protective equipment to enable students to experience the look and feel of a Leyland Trucks employee.

The company has also offered to design a tailored project to help media students develop their new-business and project management skills.

Ivan Shearer, HR director at Leyland Trucks, said: “Investing in young people at the start of their careers often means an opportunity to harness the very best talent in years to come.

“The iSTEM Centre really does provide a centre of excellence for engineering skills in the North West, and we want to fully engage with the curriculum.”

Chris Wood, Vice-Principal, excellence and learning at Preston’s College, added: “The support provided by Leyland Trucks is critical to ensuring that the iSTEM Centre provides the workforce of tomorrow with a real work environment in which they can develop their skills.”

Border Force finds 51 stowaways in Hungarian HGV

A Home Office spokeswoman said Border Force officers conducted a “proactive search” of a Hungarian-registered HGV, which had arrived on a freight vessel at Humber Sea Terminal in Killingholme on Sunday morning (14 June).

Inside they found 51 stowaways from Albania, with one believed to be pregnant, who was taken to hospital.

The spokeswoman said: “The driver, a Hungarian national, has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.”

Then on 16 June, Cambridgeshire police stopped a French-registered lorry on the A1 northbound near to the junction with the B1081 near Stamford and found 27 people inside.

All were arrested for immigration offences and the 54-year-old driver from Dover was arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful entry to the UK.

A police spokesman said: “Five of those detained have been taken to Peterborough City Hospital believed to be suffering from dehydration – none are believed to be seriously ill.

“We are currently establishing the nationality and age of all those detained and liaising with the Immigration Enforcement Service.”

The East of England Ambulance Service said it sent three ambulances, four officers and a hazardous area response team to assist 25 patients.

On 4 June Border Force officers intercepted 68 migrants in four lorries at Harwich port. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said 15 had already been deported.

He added: “All four drivers of the lorries involved were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. They have been bailed but remain under investigation by law enforcement bodies, including the National Crime Agency.”