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Barden signs up to Manufacturing Schools Challenge

Barden signs up to Manufacturing Schools Challenge

As part of a national movement to transform the old and outdated perceptions of engineering and manufacturing among young people, The Barden Corporation has signed up to The Manufacturing Schools Challenge.

This exciting initiative, launched by the Plymouth Manufacturers Group, involves local manufacturers establishing twinning agreements with local secondary schools.

This ongoing agreement places the manufacturer as a main point of contact for students and teachers alike, paving the way for activities such as site visits, focussed career talks and eventually an increase in apprenticeship uptake.
Each participating school also has the opportunity to try out a 3D additive layer printer free of charge for a term. At the end of the project, the printers will be raffled off to three lucky schools who will become the permanent owners.

As part of the initiative, Barden will also offer a week's work experience to a teacher or careers advisor. It's hoped that this hands-on experience will provide an understanding of the diversity and innovation of manufacturing and engineering in the 21st century, which can be passed on to both current and future pupils. These placement weeks will begin by the middle of 2016.

As one of the largest employers in the region and a leading manufacturer of super precision ball bearings, Barden was keen to be one of the industry partners in the Manufacturing Schools Challenge.

Jayne Marsh, HR Manager, commented; “We are excited to be part of a project that seeks to raise awareness of manufacturing and engineering as a stimulating and rewarding career choice, a view that we at Barden strongly believe in."

She added; "Plymouth employs more people in manufacturing than any other city in the south of England and it's a sector that's vitally important to the UK economy. So it's essential that young people are given every opportunity to see what exciting prospects this sector can offer.”

Representatives from Plymouth Manufacturing Companies gather for the launch of the Manufacturing Schools Challenge

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