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Engineering students visit scaffolding business

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Birchwood-based scaffolding training and safety experts, SIMIAN were delighted to welcome a delegation of 15 & 16 year-old would-be Scaffolders from UTC Warrington.

As part of the scaffolding familiarisation session, the youngsters were given an insight into the scaffolding industry and the apprenticeship career path. The day was hosted by Isaac Morrison, CISRS Advanced Scaffolder and CISRS Scaffolding Instructor – himself a former scaffolding apprentice; and Donna Johnson, Simian’s north-west based Field Support Officer.

Simian’s team gave the pupils an introduction into scaffolding health and safety, followed by a tour of the 15,00 square foot Kelvin Street training facility. The young delegates stopped for a buffet lunch, before heading out into the yard to build a small section of scaffolding.

Speaking after the event, Donna Johnson said, “We’re delighted to play our part in National Apprenticeship Week and providing an insight into the scaffolding apprenticeship pathway to the budding Scaffolders from UTC, will hopefully inspire one or two more youngsters to seek a career in scaffolding. We are currently looking to match would-be Apprentices with potential employers and this is just one of a number of initiatives we have, to achieve this.”

Designing vehicles of the future

After spending years confined to the pages of science-fiction, driverless cars are now a reality and the world needs a new wave of engineers and programmers to design, build and programme the next generation of autonomous vehicles. Year 10 students were challenged by STEM organisation, the Smallpiece Trust to build and program their own autonomous vehicles which could safely navigate their way around a cityscape.

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How many nails can you balance on a nailhead?

That was the question posed to a number of our Sixth Form students who had applied for work experience with Stanley Engineered Fastenings.

Working together with former student now HR Apprentice, Lauryn Baker, we arranged for eight students to attend an interview day based at UTC. To secure a work experience placement, students had to participate in an aptitude test, a team task and a short interview with Lauryn.

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Business Mentoring Day

Providing our students with a greater insight into the world of industry, we launched our first Business Mentoring Day. We invited our employer partners along to share their knowledge, skills and experience with our students in a bid to help guide them towards positive career choices.

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