On 24th, 25th and 26th November 2015 TT Electronics Lutterworth facility, part of the Power and Hybrid Business Unit were delighted to welcome 3 groups of students from the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School.
The new style studio school, which is less than 3 miles from the Lutterworth site, is a new type of state school for 14-19 year olds. Studio schools are pioneering in their approach to education, focusing on narrowing the gap between the skills young people need to succeed in their careers, and what is taught by the current education system. Over the course of 3 days, the site welcomed 34 students and 5 teachers to learn about the various fundamental aspects of engineering and component manufacturing in industry.
Hoping to inspire the engineers of the future, members of the Lutterworth team, Leila Jeffers, Liam Mills, James Spencer, Rob Coleman, Gemma Wright and Julian Thomas presented an overview on the capabilities of the facility as well as a summary about the company and the various product ranges we manufacture. The students then had the opportunity to view some of our products first-hand through microscopes and later took a guided tour of the factory. Year 12 Business Student Charlotte Dobson commented "I was really intrigued about the company and found the tour really interesting. I would definitely be interested in coming to work here."
To put into practice knowledge and skills obtained throughout the day, in last task of the afternoon the pupils took part in a group activity with 'Hot wire' toy electronic kits used to illustrate a manufacturing assembly process. After brain storming and exploring lean manufacturing and process improvement techniques the students were encouraged to explore ways to assemble the kits more efficiently and identify problems. The groups managed to reduce the time it took them to undertake the task by up to 75% and all really enjoyed the process with Dr. Nick Guy (Engineering Teacher) stating "The day made reference to many of the things that we have been teaching on the engineering course and it was great for the students to see in practice what they have been taught."
One of the highlights of the visits was to have a female student comment that they'd not considered an engineering career as a woman, but having seen and heard Leila (Product Development Engineer) talk about engineering was now considering switching her options at school being so convinced that engineering was the right route; to raise the profile of engineering and our business in this way was particularly encouraging.
It's important to our business to work with education providers not only to support our local communities which we believe is the right thing to do, but as an Electronics company and Engineering led organization to develop future skills for our business, and look to develop a network of similar partnerships across our other locations. We're excited about the potential of this partnership, in the short term we will support work experience placements and longer term look forward to recruiting students 'graduated' from Sir Frank Whittle studio school in the future.