Dow donates gear to help Falkirk students

Forth Valley College students receive training equipment from Dow
Forth Valley College students receive training equipment from Dow

Chemical giant Dow has done the business for Forth Valley College students, donating equipment to help them with their training.

The firm, soon to close down its operation in Grangemouth, handed over several pallets of laboratory glassware, complete pump sets with spares, process control valves, various bearing assemblies, pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders and isolation valves to help give science and engineering students some hands-on experience.

The new items will allow students and Modern Apprentices at the Falkirk campus to update and improve their skills by stripping and reassembling the latest industry equipment.

Dow Grangemouth site director Luis Argilaguet said: “It feels great to be able to donate brand new spare equipment to the college to support the development of our engineers of the future.

“We have always valued the relationship with people and institutions around our facility, like Forth Valley College. As we will move our activities away from this location, I will take good memories like this with me.”

The college said it was grateful to Mr Argilaguet and the Dow team.

Dean Williams, head of engineering, said: “We can’t thank Dow enough for their very generous donation and can assure them it will be put to great use helping to educate our science and engineering students and modern apprentices.

“The very fact students will be able to work on some of the most up-to-date equipment in this field in college workshops will serve them very well before they go out on work placements.

“We understand this has been a difficult period for Dow with the closure of their Grangemouth site, but it shows how committed they are to the next generation.”