On the 18th of July students from Kingsway School in Stockport attended a World of Work visit hosted by Wood. The visit marks the second of its kind for Wood who hosted its first visit earlier this year.
The content of the day was well planned with the students taking part in a variety of carefully curated activities that drew upon a number of different skill sets. The virtual reality (VR) stimulating a 3D working environment, provided an all immersive experience taking the students into typically inaccessible and remote environments where they could experience and learn through realistic scenarios.
The session involving Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) showcased a different side of engineering and traditional problem solving methods. Their final exercise focused on project management involved the students building a tower within a limited amount of time and to the correct quality, in order for it to stay standing for 20 minutes. The activity really showed them the importance of effective project management, collaboration and innovative thinking.
Following the workshops the students completed their visit with an exclusive private tour of the Birchwood lab showcasing the range of engineering and technical projects available to them.
Mosaic would like to extend a special thanks to mentors Will Onek and Sion Edwards from Wood, Madeline McDonald from Rolls-Royce, and Jasmine Warburton from Manchester University.
Prince’s Trust Education Executive, Nafisa Hakim said:
“We can’t thank Wood enough for organising the day! It’s been a pleasure working with Wood and also the other mentors from the University of Manchester and Rolls Royce. Their commitment and support to the programme has been invaluable.”
Rowan Insley, Raising Standards Leader at Kingsway School said:
“The students wouldn’t stop talking about it! I was pleasantly surprised that all the girls were so engaged and had such glowing comments about the visit. This a real testament to the amount of effort everyone has put in.”
On speaking of Kingsway’s visit to Wood, Greg Willetts, Vice President of Consultancy and Defence at Wood said:
“We’re delighted to be working with The Prince’s Trust and Kingsway School to showcase some of the exciting job opportunities in engineering and science. Hopefully we have sparked some interest that will encourage the pupils in taking up a career in our industry. It’s also been a fantastic experience for our staff in organising and developing the support programme.”
Lead mentor Will Onek from Wood said:
“Having mentored the students over several weeks, myself and the other mentors have really enjoyed hosting the group here at Wood. We were able to provide a hands-on, fun-filled day of activities. It also gave us the opportunity to show the students the range of work we undertake. I could sense real interest and excitement from the students and I believe we have gone some way in inspiring the next generation of engineers.”
Mosaic takes students on visits to a range of employers to expand their horizons and increase their understanding of local employment opportunities. These ‘World of Work’ visits aim to give young people, who will make up the local workforce of the future, a glimpse into the host company’s industry, a local employer and the sheer range of opportunities often available under one roof.
Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. Operating in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion. We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life-cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, chemicals, environment and infrastructure, power & process, clean energy, mining and general industrial sectors.