Students in tune to manufacturing

By Made in the Midlands News
schedule27th Apr 12

Students of the newly formed Black Country University Technical College (UTC) impressed delegates during a one-day event aimed at boosting the image of manufacturing to young people.

The Made in the Midlands exhibition at the Banks’s Stadium in Walsall on the 24th April showcased some of the regions most talented manufacturing firms. It was also an opportunity for students to visit stands and see what the world of industry is like.

Gordon Mills, Director of Business Engagement at Black Country UTC, commented: “It’s important our students gain an exposure to industry and a real insight into what opportunities are around them.
“We need to find ways that will make a career in engineering more appealing to young people.”

The students will also be getting the chance to come up with their own invention via the Made in the Midlands young inventor award to be held in October. This award aims to find the next James Dyson of the engineering world.

Successful projects already started by students include turning old records into cash. The innovative idea was to design bespoke clocks cut into iconic shapes using old records. Not only has this received widespread acclaim but a 'record' order book for the unique business venture.

Jason Pitt, Made in the Midlands said: “We hope that ideas seen today can help inspire a new crop of budding engineers and inventors to help continue the fantastic image and history of British inventiveness.”

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