Year 10 pupils from Smithills High School were treated to a day of vocational related activities at an event held by Horwich based, award winning, training provider, Alliance Learning and GTA England.
The group of 10 students visited Alliance Learning’s training centre to gain an insight into engineering and the different opportunities that this area could lead onto.
The taster day, held on the 25 May, combined both classroom and practical activities that took the pupils through realistic experiences of becoming a qualified Engineer, this was run by Alliance Learning Engineering Tutors, Andrew Crawford and David Hilton.
The pupils each made a fidget spinner, they used a range of engineering equipment such as reamers, surface tables, angle plates as well as using a vernier height gauge which enabled accurate marking out, they learnt techniques such as product design, hacksawing, filing, reaming and in addition to this they were also taught how to calculate the correct speed of the drilling machine to carry out the drilling process.
Julie Robinson, CEO of Alliance Learning commented: “We view our partnerships with local schools an essential development tool in local learning. Alliance know how important it is for young adults to be exposed to as many career avenues as possible, in order to give them a clearer direction in later education.”
“Well done to the pupils of Smithills High School, who showed great understanding and initiative in all areas of the different engineering activities.”
Alliance Learning is happy to visit local schools / careers centres to discuss taster days and Apprenticeship programmes in more detail. For more information please contact the Alliance Learning Marketing team on 01204 677888 or visit www.alliancelearning.com.