Building Bridges with Wigan and Leigh College

Fourteen Year 9 students from Albany Academy went to Wigan and Leigh College’s Pagefield Campus to learn more about career opportunities in Engineering.  Students were able to take part in interactive displays and complete practical challenges whilst exploring a variety of opportunities that exist locally in engineering.

The students were able to talk with representatives from Sellafield, MBDA, ISG and CSkills who explained some of the work they are involved in and the different entry levels for careers in their organisations.

Students had the opportunity to see first-hand some of the projects that have been completed by apprentices and to test their skills on the interactive missile game.

Students were also challenged to build a bridge that would be strong enough to support the weight of three books.  The winning team produced a remarkable bridge that was not only strong enough to support the weight of three books but was strong enough to support one of their team members.

The event had a positive impact on the students. Many of the students who took part are now considering engineering as a future career and found the event well timed as it was just before their option choices are finalised.

Mrs Noble, Head of Technology said “This was a really inspiring morning and it was great to see the students engaged in the activities on offer.  Many of the students involved have been persuaded to follow a career in Engineering.”