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Enterprise Week gets kids excited about engineering

09 May 2008

Enterprise Week, held every November, presents an ideal opportunity to encourage students to have original ideas and make them happen in the workplace. One way to do this is for businesses to invite students to come in and work with them…

The Story

Rhoades School in Corby is one of the many schools in the region that took part in various Enterprise Week activities last November.

Twenty-four students from the school got a taste for manufacturing when they visited local firm Corus Tubes, part of Europe’s second biggest steel producer. Organised by the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing, EEF (which provides manufacturing and engineering advice and support) and Northampton college, the trip involved learning about the lean processes that are vital for competitive business. It provided a fascinating insight into a day in the life of a top manufacturing business and was widely enjoyed.

What They Say

 “The visit to Corus was great. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot about lean. I was always interested in a career in engineering and this visit has confirmed that it’s definitely the career for me.” Jarrold Grant, Rhoades School student

 “The National Skills Academy for Manufacturing is proud to be assisting employers and providers to encourage younger generations into UK manufacturing careers. This initiative, as part of Enterprise Week, largely expands on our commitment to improving the skills gap in UK manufacturing.” Tom Preece, regional manager for NSAM in the East Midlands

Enterprise Week

www.enterpriseweek.org.uk/

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