Posted: Fri 8th Jul 2016

Local businesses join forces to deliver industry leading work experience programme

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jul 8th, 2016

For the second year running, Tata Steel, BASF and Coleg Cambria in Deeside joined forces to deliver a week of work experience for school students in Years 10 – 12. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The group of thirteen students achieved the silver award from the Industrial Cadets; a scheme set up by the Prince of Wales after a visit to Tata Steel in Teesside in 2010. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This accreditation ensures that young people aged 11-19 develop the skills they need through industry approved and structured programmes, providing a valuable workplace experience and a nationally recognised award at the end. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The week’s activities included completing a practical exercise at Coleg Cambria using Colorcoat steel produced at Tata Steel in Shotton, which uses paint from Deeside’s BASF, to make a photo frame. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The students visited the supply chain, starting with a tour around BASF followed by a site visit to Tata Steel to see the galvanising, Colorcoat and profiling operations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Throughout the week the students also learnt about the varied and exciting careers that are available in manufacturing and engineering. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Julie Baddock, Tata Steel was delighted with the results of the week’s activities. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The students have had a great week, and now understand much more about our company, our supply chain, the products we make and the careers paths available. We were all impressed with the quality of the work completed, which was showcased in a feedback presentation from the students.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Nick Tyson, Assistant Principal & Director of Curriculum at Coleg Cambria commented: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The Tata Steel – BASF – Coleg Cambria – Industrial Cadets programme is a fantastic way to encourage learners interested in STEM, to develop the skills and behaviours required for industry. We as a college really do appreciate the support and opportunity Tata Steel provide, to enable these learners to have an excellent work experience. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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