Engineering Virtual Work experience
RSFC work with a wide range of employers to ensure our students are supported and given valuable insight when considering their careers. As part of our Careers and Progression Programme, it is vital that students experience the world of work and develop a strong understanding of the options available to them. During the pandemic this has been very challenging as all face-to-face work experience opportunities were put on hold, college career events were unable to go ahead, and we have not been able to have visitors in the building.
Crystal Doors is a Rochdale based manufacturing company who is just one of 2 companies in the Northwest to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2021. Over the last year RSFC and Crystal doors have been working collaboratively to develop an alternative virtual work experience programme for our Yr. 12 BTEC Science, IT and Business students.
A virtual work experience day has been running every Wednesday since mid-May and each week a different group of Yr. 12 BTEC Science, IT and Business students have participated. Richard Hagan, Managing Director of Crystal Doors starts with providing the students with a virtual talk introducing them to the company, showing the students who they are and what they are working towards. The students are then designated a project which culminated in a presentation being delivered to Richard Hagan via Teams.
We were also fortunate enough to arrange another virtual work experience opportunity with Crystal doors, this one being more tailored towards students interested in Engineering. This opportunity was available to all our Yr. 12 students and 19 students were given a place on the programme. The successful students were given invaluable insights into the world of engineering. Over the course of the three days students focused on real engineering problem that Crystal Doors faces today. Students conceptualise a technological solution that considers engineering, business, and scientific factors. Finally, the students developed presentations of the work they had undertaken with Crystal Doors and received feedback that will help them with similar projects which they may undertake in the future.
Muneeb Al-Haseeb, rated the Engineering work experience opportunity a 10/10 experience, commenting, “I have enjoyed interacting with new people and coming together to present their brainstorming ideas”.
Thank you to everyone who has participated and especially to Richard Hagan and his team, without his support at Crystal Doors, our students would not have had such a valuable insight during these difficult times.