Essilor once again opened their doors to 16 Year 9 students from Castle School to give them some challenging projects to complete. This year, there were four products built: a wind turbine; an infinity mirror; an FM radio and a solar panel. Students took a look behind the scenes at the manufacturing process at the company, learned the scientific and mathematical theory behind each of their products and discovered new skills in the workshop. The results were impressive and students were clearly proud of what they had achieved.
A celebration lunch was held on 5th April at Essilor where parents, Essilor employees and Castle School staff saw student presentations of their work. Certificates of achievement were awarded by the Mayor and Mike Kirkley, Director of Essilor.This project is a great example of how the links between business and education through the Premium Partnership scheme can develop employability skills, confidence and strong networks for our students. A huge thanks to Essilor who have been such a pleasure to work with!
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”.