On Wednesday 18 July, staff from Halewood visited All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby to deliver a design challenge for local school pupils. This event teaches key skills to groups of around 150 students which is the entire Year 8.
With support from the teachers and support staff from All Saints, the JLR team delivered the ‘Dragons’ Den’ programme which challenges students to develop an accessory for the Discovery Sport or Evoque.
The Yellow Team was triumphant for their excellently designed portable massage chair. Designed to fit across vehicle ranges and charge from the car, it would relieve muscle pain as efficiently as a built in massage function. This was judged by Danielle Flynn (Fourth-Year Apprentice), Tony McGuinness (Head Teacher) and Nick Teasdale (Halewood Quality Manager).
The students were enthusiastic throughout the day and expressed great feedback on the quality of the event. David Parry, IPS Manager and school partnership lead for the plant added: “We’re delighted that the event was such a success and that it has given the students a great insight into the automotive industry. Hopefully this will encourage many of them to pursue successful careers in the future.
The students have learnt valuable employability skills, such as team work, being more creative and innovative and presentation skills. All the students also developed knowledge about the automotive industry and JLR vehicles. The students really enjoyed working with JLR staff during the event”.
The winners of each group were presented with branded water bottles and the overall winners won branded gifts. Every student left with a certificate to celebrate the experience, as well as a diverse array of knowledge and business skills that could have a huge impact on their lives.
Thank you to volunteers David Parry, Nick Teasdale, Iain Macdonald, Mark Bayram, Ian McLaughlin, Danielle Flynn, Nicola Brash, Yanek Arscott, Lucy Thomson, George Ennis, Shaun Wright, Lee McLoughlin, David Ladlow, Matthew Hughes and Zach Simons.