Last month, 30 students from St Hilda’s CE High School, won a VIP tour of our plant, after their teacher scooped first place at the 2018 Liverpool Echo School Awards.
In a category sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, Fiona McCann was named Inspirational Teacher of the Year, and as part of her prize, a group of her students were granted special behind the scenes access to our factory ahead of the Christmas shutdown.
The Design and Technology pupils visited various departments including Press Shop and Body Shop with a final pit stop at the Trim and Final line.
Jim Fitzpatrick, Head of D&T at St Hilda’s School, who attended the visit on behalf of Fiona, said: “Mrs McCann was over the moon to be named Inspirational Teacher of the Year but winning the factory tour for the students was simply the icing on the cake.
“It was such a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to meet with the teams at Halewood and hear about their routes into engineering. It has inspired many of them to research careers in STEM subjects so has given them some real fuel for thought!”
Stuart Lord, Operations Director at Halewood, added: “We work with thousands of young people each year to prepare them for our inspiring and creative career opportunities.
“Our STEM education initiatives such as school visits, holiday clubs and work placements at the plant aim to excite young people about engineering and crucially, to encourage them to make STEM subject choices at GCSE level and beyond. I’m pleased to hear the students enjoyed their visit and encourage other schools to come and visit us to inspire youngsters and introduce them to the world of work.”
Isaac Butland, aged 14, added: “The tour of the plant was really useful as I’m interested in a career in product design and other STEM subjects, so it’s been fascinating to see first-hand how Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are made.
Emilia Noble, also 14, said: “I love subjects like product design, electronics and robotics so found the tour really interesting. I didn’t know much about car production before which is why it was so useful. I had no idea how big the plant was or that more than 4,000 people work together to build a car every 90 seconds.”