Warren Page – Apprentice Coordinator, Claire Terry – Process Engineer and 2nd year Apprentice Jeremy Philip attended the TeenTech interactive event held at the University of Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on November 16. This was the fifth time the event has been held at this venue, it was support by over 30 high profile companies from the motorsport and automotive sectors and was attended by over 300 students.
The event targets Year 8 students aged 12-13 from multiple secondary schools who are taken out of school for a day to understand their true potential and the very real career opportunities available to them if they select STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects for their GCSEs. The events are part of a coherent structure which enables learners and teachers to take new found interests and enthusiasms further.
Xtrac focused on showcasing the company’s employment opportunities and highlighted our award winning apprenticeship and graduate programmes.
Presenting in the Insight Zone, Page, Terry and Philip ran an activity where nine groups of pupils were Transmission Technicians for 15 minutes. The activity included looking at disassembled components which had previously run in an LMP1 Sportscar Le Mans 24 hour gearbox, reporting the condition of components and assembling a mainshaft cluster by following an assembly drawing
Xtrac offered a prize for the group who performed the best, consider factors such as looking, listening and understanding, engagement and teamwork in assembling the mainshaft cluster. The Xtrac award went to 4 young ladies from Hawley Place School, Camberley, to whom TeenTech CEO Maggie Philbin and Xtrac’s Warren Page presented the prize. Further to the prize on the day, the winners will be visiting Xtrac’s UK facility where they will be able to meet many of Xtrac’s current and former students and apprentices with a view to gaining a more in depth perspective of high technology engineering.