Engineering students have spent a week completing work experience virtual activity with employers and industry representatives. 120 students carried out 36 hours of employer-led practical sessions as a way of enhancing their online classroom learning,
“This is an initiative we’re rolling out for all study programmes across the rest of the academic year,” said Jackie Bradnick, Work Experience Coordinator at the college. “The employers taking part are sharing valuable insights and careers information.
“They are also challenging learners to utilise their course knowledge through real-life business activities. Everyone is benefitting from the feedback they’re receiving from the professionals involved.”
Bromsgrove-based Central Scanning was one of the employers working with the student engineers. The 3D scanning and 3D printing firm challenged them to work on a new concept design for an electric supercar. This included images, renders and a full-size clay model.
Students were having to plan how they could use 3D scanning and printing technology to make five 3D printed models. These had to be exactly 10 sizes smaller than the clay model in all proportions and dimensions; all for the purpose of pitching to potential investors.
Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) are also inspiring learners. They are a team of planning, design and construction specialists collaborating to build a number of new tram extensions across the West Midlands on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
They delivered a session on applying for roles in engineering. Through this they were providing tips on CV writing, interviews and assessments.
Rose Rees, Head of Engagement and Skills at Midland Metro Alliance said: “We were delighted to support Walsall College’s virtual work experience week for their engineering students. We want to encourage these talented young people to consider careers in rail and construction, bringing innovative, fresh ideas to develop transportation infrastructure in the UK.”
Jackie Bradnick added: “This virtual work experience is having a real impact on our learners’ motivation and awareness. It’s also further developing their skills and ambitions in line with their chosen industry.
“A big thank you goes to all the employers supporting us so far. And to those preparing to come on board with additional virtual work placements.”
If you are an employer interested in offering virtual or live work experience opportunities to students, contact Jackie Bradnick at firstname.lastname@example.org