Students Raise the Roof on Tour

Year 10 GCSE Design Technology students from Albany Academy,, visited Chorley based company Pasquill in a fun and engaging tour designed to broaden their knowledge of the manufacturing industry.

Twelve students learned how the business design and manufacture roof trusses for major house builders throughout the UK. The students were given a full health and safety induction before being taken through each element of the manufacturing process. This included a talk on how the roof truces are designed followed by a tour of the production line. This gave students to see how the truces were made and how important every aspect of the process is.

The students found the visit to be very engaging and commented on how the experience brought what they had learned in the classroom to life. Mr Simpkin, Design Technology teacher at Albany, said, “Visiting Pasquill was a great opportunity for our students to see how what they are learning at school relates to industry. Students enjoyed witnessing and learning about a variety of different roles, some have since expressed their interest in one day becoming CAD engineers! A very worthwhile trip.”

Lisa Greenhalgh, Financial Analyst who organised the event said “As a responsible business, Pasquill are keen to support our local communities.  Corporate social responsibility is extremely important to us and we are deploying initiatives throughout the UK to offer the next generation an insight into the world of work and the career opportunities are available to them. The students from Albany Academy were impeccably behaved and engaged throughout their time at Pasquill.  It was great to be able to congratulate them on their achievement of creating the strongest bridge of all the schools we have been to throughout the UK. I was impressed by their attentiveness and it was great to see some of the group taking notes as they were shown around the business.  Very professional!  Well done Albany students – you were an absolute pleasure to welcome into our business”.