School Pupils Get Taste Of Engineering On Work Experience

By published 22 February, 2014 No Comments

School pupils who study engineering one day a week at college were able to experience life in the industry when they visited chemical manufacturer Huntsman Polyurethanes.

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Six pupils who are studying the BTEC Level 2 Engineering Diploma at Redcar & Cleveland College spent the day at the Wilton plant, where they saw first hand the skills needed to work in the sector.
They were taken on a tour of the Huntsman plant and then given challenges to complete as part of the Expressway Route programme at Redcar & Cleveland College, which enables some 14 and 15-year-old school pupils from local schools to study engineering one day a week.

Pupil Conner Kacperski, from Redcar Academy, is in his second year of the programme.

He said: “Coming to Huntsman has been great because we can actually see the plant in operation and can talk to people to find out how it all works. We have great engineering tuition in the college, but coming here has enabled us to see it happening.

“I thought I wanted to do engineering before I started on the Expressway Route programme, but it has made me realise that I want it more than ever now. I want to work in aerospace engineering.”

Other school pupils on the college’s Expressway Route programme enjoyed similar work experience at Sirius Minerals in Scarborough and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) at Netpark, close to Sedgefield.

Tony Johnson, Production Support Manager at Huntsman Polyurethanes, said: “We enjoy being involved in the college’s engineering progamme for schools because it’s great to have the opportunity to encourage young people to become the young engineers of the future.

“In coming here today, they can see and experience things on the site that they can’t in a classroom, so hopefully it will be very beneficial to them.”

The college also offers Expressway Route programmes in health and social care and creative technologies, where pupils can gain BTEC Level 1 and 2 qualifications alongside their traditional GCSEs at school.

The day release placements are aimed at those pupils who already know what career paths they wish to take, enabling them to start learning about the industry and gain qualifications, while also obtaining valuable work experience.

Redcar & Cleveland College Principal Gary Groom thanked those employers who support the programme.

He said: “Expressway Route is designed to better inform school pupils about possible career opportunities, give them a real taste of the industry and provide them with the career guidance and initial qualifications to help them make it a reality.

“Work experience plays an important part of that, so I’m sure all of the pupils will have taken a huge amount away from their visits. It’s great to see their enthusiasm.”

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