With a 50-year heritage in manufacturing and a commitment to nurturing local talent, Tamworth-based Precision Technologies International Ltd (PTI) was delighted to welcome a group of 12 students from Sheffield Park Academy to their facilities.
The purpose of the visit was to find out more about career opportunities outside their local city area and to see first-hand how parts of a Formula 1 engine are manufactured. The visit was arranged by the Academy Headmaster Craig Dillon and Precision Technologies’ Managing Director Kevin Parkin.
Kevin, an entrepreneur and former Governor said, “We were delighted that Craig supported this workplace visit. He believes that this trial visit can be developed to include other regional and national companies willing to share knowledge of career opportunities with students. We really want to help young people to make the right academic and career choices, whatever path they choose to take in the future.”
Craig continued, “It is important for us to engage with local, regional and national businesses so that our students can fully understand much more about the career opportunities open to them. At Park Academy we have an innovative approach to teaching and also recognise the importance of linking academic decisions to career aspirations.”
Precision Technologies, in conjunction with Work-wise has identified 90 jobs in manufacturing companies that do not involve working on the shop floor. Chris Hudson who is the Chairman of Governors at Park Academy and also Chairman of Work-wise added that he was enthused by young people being introduced to career opportunities both in the Sheffield area and the rest of the U.K.
The visitors were privileged to see how an engineering company works and saw components being manufactured for Formula 1 engines. They were also shown how key roles in Finance, Sales, Design, Inspection and Planning fit into the organisation and provide vital support services to the manufacturing function.