For the second year running, the Premium Partners scheme at Castle and Marlwood Schools has enabled Year 9 students to work with Berkeley Vale Motors in a Go Kart project. The students had to go through a formal application process which included writing letters to the Directors of Berkeley Vale Motors, followed by giving a presentation at the garage and participating in team building activities.
Seven students were selected, and have been to Berkeley Vale Motors every fortnight after school for the past 5 months, to learn about engines, how a Go Kart is built, and ultimately, to design and race their own kart. The students had the opportunity to race their hot dog design at the Tetbury Whacky Races on the May bank holiday and had a great day out with the BVM staff.
The students also attended the Premium Partners business forum at Eastwood Park Hotel, where a range of businesses and parents showed great interest and enthusiasm for the boys’ work!
Final presentations and a drive around the Castle School fields this week concluded this fun and enriching project, in addition to receiving certificates of achievement from Helen Harrison, the Lady Mayor. She commented, “It is really encouraging to see different elements of the community working together so creatively in this way.”
Five Year 11 boys from Castle School enjoyed a great day at RAF Brize Norton as part of the EES (Engineering Education Scheme).They participated in team building exercises, received talks from the RAF about engineering and met Ben Wheeler from A-Gas Ltd, who is the engineer they will be working with this year. The highlight of the day was the tour of one of the RAF’s planes, where they spent some time exploring and asking lots of questions.
Over the next few weeks they will be visiting A-gas Ltd at Portbury and seeing firsthand the problem which they must solve. They will then start the task of designing and completing the task over the next six months with a residential held at Bath University at the end of January.
Our thanks to A-Gas for supporting this exciting scheme for a second year.
Local insurance broker and Premium Partner, Brightside Insurance, had good reason to celebrate at the end of last week as one of its apprentices won the highly coveted Apprentice of the Year award at the South West Contact Centre Forum awards. Asher Budd, 19, a former Castle School pupil, received the award in recognition of the dedication he has shown in working towards completing an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Providing Financial Services and attaining his Chartered Insurance Institute status.
Collecting his award, Asher said “I’m really proud to have won this Apprentice of the Year award. It’s a wonderful achievement for me and I’d like to thank my manager Gemma Ferris, my team and everyone who’s played a part in supporting my development since I joined Brightside just one year ago”. Suzie Noble, Brightside’s Chief People Officer, was equally thrilled by the win, and said, “I’m so delighted with Asher has won this award. I’ve been nothing but impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm he’s shown since joining Brightside as an apprentice. He’s a role model for our future generation”.