Swindon University Technical College Visit GWP.
GWP Packaging provides an educational tour for the future generation of engineers
Students studying with Swindon’s University Technical College (UTC) were presented with an opportunity to see first-hand a high-tech industrial manufacturing process at work last week.
The students of UTC were surprised at the hidden complexities and challenges involved in the manufacturing of a cardboard box.
A group of twelve students visited both the design studio and production facility at GWP Packaging’s base in Cricklade, where they were taught about the entire manufacturing process – from start to finish.
The year 12 students, were able to get up close to the working manufacturing machinery and see directly, the range of technical processes involved in manufacturing. They were taken aback at the operations carried to create what appears to a consumer to be a simple product.
Students were able to see and ask questions about pneumatics and hydraulics whilst they experienced manufacturing from the start of the process at goods in, through production at the Cricklade site, to finished items in the goods out area.
Robert Gibbs | Engineering Tutor, UTC Swindon
The year 12 pupils who were involved in the visit are all studying BTEC Level 3 Engineering. The visit to GWP supported several units of their course, such as health and safety, engineering design, hydraulics and pneumatics.
James Pedley | Operations Manager, GWP Packaging
This is the first visit GWP have hosted for UTC students but following its success further visits are planned for next year.
Following the visit the students were enthusiastic about the experience.
Lauryn Bailey | Student, UTC Swindon
James Goodchild | Student, UTC Swindon
The Swindon based University of Technical Institute which is located in Churchward just a short walk from the Railway Village, is a an innovative high-tech College who offer an academic curriculum for students aged 14-19.
The structured education plan includes GCSE’s and A levels alongside the students technical taught BTEC. The students can choose between technical subject Engineering or, Business and ICT.
The employer-focused technical college opened in 2014 and aims to provide students with hands-on skills which address the divide between education and industry.
With a shortage of skilled engineers the Swindon UTC gives students a unique opportunity to work towards careers with critical economic regeneration roles.
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