The Buckingham School pupils get a taste of life at Silverstone Park

The Inspiration for Innovation programme is in its second year the and the new Y9 cohort of children from The Buckingham School visited Silverstone Park to get a real flavour of what the businesses there get up to and to find out how those businesses are shaping the skills required for the jobs of the future.

The 50 students headed to the interactive activities and factory floor tours where they had the opportunity to really see first hand some of the engineering and tech jobs in action. This included venturing to Delta Motorsport for some in depth knowledge around battery systems and a good look at the factory’s day to day operations. An engineer from David Brown Automotive shared their career pathway with the students and explained the processes used to build the cars, and the skills required. There were fabulous visual experiences for the children here as they got to see a variety of custom models in their build stage.

Silverstone Park is home to the Hexagon Metrology Centre – the UK’s only dedicated sub-contract inspection metrology facility. It’s a really valuable addition as it provides a much needed service to the start-up businesses located in the surrounding region (the Silverstone Technology Cluster). Here the pupils were able to use the precision measuring equipment and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions whilst being informed about the business by Claire Waterson, Silverstone Park Facilities Coordinator and her friendly team.

TD Group Ltd had previously been giving a short, well liked opener to the day but based on school feedback that social and personal skills, including having a positive mental attitude and great body language are all really essential skills for young people to learn early and to help them feel confident and prepared for interview situations, this session was extended. Anthony Priest and his team at TD Group Ltd, specialist IT recruiters, provided a fun and insightful session on the necessity for positivity and preparedness when it comes to your outlook, presentation and creating a great first impression. Here’s TD Group in action engaging and entertaining the students…

The tour resulted in 91% of the encounters being rated as meaningful, which equated to an average of 3.6 per child and gave a total of 170 meaningful encounters. In addition, 94% of the students indicated they knew ‘ lots about jobs at Silverstone Park that require STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) skills’ following the tour compared to 29% pre-tour.

This has proven to be a fantastic way to inspire the Y10  students from The Buckingham School and to help the school to achieve their Gatsby Benchmarks as part of their National Careers Strategy obligations, as well as reinforcing the research by Education and Employers: Motivated to Achieve that multiple encounters with the world of work improves motivation to study and revise, leading to an improvement in GCSE grades.

A BIG thank you to all of those involved in making the day such a great success!