Industrial Cadet Programme Provides Insight into Engineering

Students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 at The Studio in Liverpool attended a series of workshops earlier this month as part of an Industrial Cadet Programme.

The Studio has been working with the NAC Group F1 in Schools Programme Industrial Partnership team to design, make and promote their own model F1 car, using 3D printing and 3D models to refine their concept and ideas.

The exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project took place over 5 days at the start of the new year to help inspire students to explore the world of engineering and to support any potential decisions to study STEM based subjects in the future.

A team of mentors from the NAC Group delivered the Industrial Cadets Programme and are currently supporting three teams from The Studio to enter the full F1 challenge later in the year. Students are hoping to beat the competition for a place in the finals, which take place in Austin, Texas USA.

The NAC Group mentors for The Studio – George Cox and Rhys Nimmo, who both got through to the world finals twice whilst representing Wales, have been teaching students the skills needed to be successful whilst working together towards one common goal; including team work, presentation skills and time management.

Viktoria H from Year 11 took part in the Industrial Cadets programme and said:

“Industrial Cadets has allowed me to develop my team management skills and is allowing me to further enhance my F1 experience. I have really enjoyed the week and it has been a real eye opener into the engineering world.”

Sophie W from Year 13 also attended the workshops. She said:

“Overall I have really enjoyed this experience as it has enabled me to use my graphic design and enterprise skills to create the marketing within the team, helping me to realise were my strengths and weakness are. It has also helped me to think about my future career.”

F1 In Schools Industrial Cadets from NAC Group Plc on Vimeo.

George Cox from NAC Group mentored students throughout the programme. He said:

“This is the second cohort of students from The Studio we’ve had for the week and once again they have amazed Rhys and I with the standard of work for the engineering and portfolio based element of the course. The students have managed to innovate and collaborate with each other to produce some of the best quality work we’ve seen on our course and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with The Studio!”

Michael Saint-Cricq, Leader for BTEC and Vocational Education at The Studio attended the workshops with the students. He said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed this week working with the students and the passionate and innovative team from the NAC Group. It has been an absolute pleasure watching George and Rhys working with our students and passing on their infectious passion and knowledge for F1. I would highly recommend anyone interested in the STEM subjects to get involved with F1 in Schools with the NAC Group.”