Phoenix Engineering were proud to welcome 22 final year BSc Engineering Product Design students from London South Bank University along with their course tutor, Barney Townsend, for a day of education, jointly run with Pentagon Plastics.
Paul Edwards, owner of Phoenix Engineering and Pentagon Plastics, began proceedings with a company presentation to detail to services provided across both group companies for the students to have a clear context for learning throughout the day.
The student visit was at an optimum time in their course as they are working on a class project “to design a cost-effective, yet innovative and engaging promotional item for a consumer brand of their choice, that will be primarily manufactured through polymer injection moulding’’. Throughout the session the students ask many questions to help with the content of their course and further their understanding of UK manufacturing. A deeper understanding was achieved through collaboration on our Sussex premises.
Following the morning presentation, students were given a tour of the tooling workshops and factory floor at both Pentagon Plastics and Phoenix Engineering, moving freely allowing them to see the complete process mould tool manufacture and plastic injection moulding. Our skilled staff were on hand to answer any questions and demonstrate machinery and processes in the busy working environment.
At Phoenix Engineering, we found the days activities very rewarding and it was a pleasure to meet the next generation of UK engineers who will go on to play a key role in the future of our industry.
Group Lecturer Barny Townsend commented the following:
“Thank you so much for a really fascinating visit. The students were overwhelmed by the time you took to share a huge amount of detailed information with them. All of it real-world experience that they couldn’t possibly get from me or from a textbook.”
We believe education days and similar initiatives are integral to both UK manufacturing businesses, staff and attendees as all parties can benefit from the sharing of ideas and experiences. We believe that combining classroom based activities with hands on experience in the working environment is a brilliant method to aid further learning and understanding.
Gabby Day, Business Development at Pentagon Plastics and Phoenix Engineering adds:
“Anyone working in UK manufacturing today is only too aware of the real and current skills gap that we face and we are confident that by enhancing educational experiences and by raising awareness of the potential future career opportunities available we will help encourage the next wave of UK engineers to carry us forward. This is why our group companies Pentagon Plastics and Phoenix Engineering will be looking to broaden the net in offering educational trips such as these to not only university students but also those of school age moving forward.”