Skills for Industry – Companies engaging with Design and Technology

Published 5th October 2017

On Tuesday 19th September 2017, the Design and Technology Association together with Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited launched the Skills for Industry programme, supporting five local secondary schools in the North Tyneside area.

Over one hundred year 8 pupils from Norham High School, Burnside Business and Enterprise College, Churchill Community College, John Spence Community High School and Marden High School will take part in a Skills for Industry programme designed to engage employers in the classroom through the design and technology curriculum.

The programme is designed to get industry professionals into the classroom – where teachers and pupils meet with industry professionals to learn how their business operates and how they approach different projects and tasks in the real world. Over a six-week period, pupils will learn how to apply new skills and to solve challenging problems.

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited - As Britain’s largest car manufacturing plant, and the fastest car plant in UK Automotive history to reach the two million mark with one model, the Qashqai, Nissan Sunderland Plant is a record-breaking facility. Nissan’s continued success in Sunderland is driven by our ability to produce high quality vehicles at a competitive cost. At the foundation of this success is a highly skilled and committed workforce of around 7,000 people. We’ve just completed our 30th year of manufacturing here in Sunderland where we not only launched the Infiniti Q30 but also announced the arrival of X-Trail and the next generation Qashqai.

Nissan is keen to connect with pupils and share their skills and experience with the next generation. Through projects like Skills for Industry they want to complement design and technology lessons by highlighting the opportunity to develop the softer skills that they and other employers value these include: problem solving, communicating and presenting ideas, planning and working in teams.

The pupils will learn how to design and make a simple LED desk lamp.  The task offers the opportunity to display creativity and consider manufacturing products in small batches. The teaching resource to support this is available to purchase in the shop and kits of materials are available from Mindsets.

The overall aim of Skills for Industry is to inspire design and technology pupils, encouraging them to think about how the knowledge and skills developed through the subject are closely related to successful careers within the utilities, manufacturing, creative and digital industries.

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