Wednesday, February 18, 2015

News: Work-wise Innovation Challenge

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Schools and companies from across the Sheffield city region are joining together to showcase how important innovation is to the manufacturing and engineering sector.

The work-wise programme was developed in partnership with a number of manufacturing and engineering companies in response to their concerns that not enough young people are attracted to the sector as well as not having the basic work ready skills to take up apprenticeships and jobs.

The work-wise Innovation Challenge, an annual event, has been running since 2010. This year's challenge has 12 companies each setting a problem for a group of students from local schools where they work on a design, research and manufacturing problem for the company.

Students from Wales High School in Rotherham will be taking on a challenge set by Newburgh Precision's apprentice training manager, Pete Kerfoot to invent, design and manufacture and marketing outline a portable health and safety kit.

Based at Templeborough, Newburgh Precision has unrivalled expertise in machining precision components. Customers come from the UK and around the globe, in the nuclear, defence, oil and gas, petrochemical, aerospace and power generation industries.

The students will work with Newburgh Precision's team to develop the kit to be suitable, practicable and as cost efficient as possible.  Designing something that is specific to the needs of the company as the off-the-shelf products that are already in the marketplace do not fully support all the company’s requirements.

Eight Year 10 students from Brinsworth Comprehensive School in Rotherham will be taking on a challenge set by Brinsworth Training's Keith Thacker to carry out testing methods on different metal and materials strengths.

With state of the art facilities at Templeborough, specialist and bespoke engineering training is provided to leading local firms including AESSEAL, KP, Kostal and Premier Foods.

The group of future female engineers have been tasked with producing a method of testing the strengths of various metals. This design will be used by the tutoring staff of Brinsworth Training in the teaching of their current apprenticeship students.

The schools will come together at the end of three months to present their projects at a finals day at the annual Get up to Speed with Engineering and Manufacturing showcase event at Magna in Rotherham on April 22 2015.

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