Supporting the next generation

February 20, 2018

Students from a Coventry school, which gives pupils a taste of life at work, have visited a high-end manufacturer in the city.

Fifteen students from WMG Academy went along to Sarginsons, which is based on Torrington Avenue – where it employs around 75 staff in a variety of roles.

The company is the most technically sophisticated aluminium die-caster in the UK and has been at the forefront of aluminium die-casting for 80 years. It is one of the few European companies to offer low pressure die-casting, sandcasting and gravity die-casting in a single foundry.

Die-casting is the process of forcing molten metal into a die under pressure to make components for a range of industries.

The manufacturer is renowned for its excellence in the field of automotive light-weighting and the company counts some of the most respected names in the automotive, petrochemical, energy and engineering sectors as clients.

The students got to see some of the processes in action and also had the chance to get involved with some of the work – from performing quality checks on incoming raw materials through to carrying out inspections of cast and forged components.

Each student spent around one-and-a-half hours at the company which formed part of their metallurgy coursework.

WMG Academy is highly-regarded for giving young people a genuine insight into the world of work – schooldays last from 8.30am until 4.30am and students dress smartly and must behave in a more mature, business-like manner.

Andrew Kyprianou, Head of Faculty for Engineering and Design at WMG Academy, said: “We were delighted to give our students an insight into the work that goes on at one of the most technically-advanced manufacturers in the region.

“Giving young people the opportunity to see what goes on in the world of work is a huge part of our school ethos and we are fortunate to have outstanding companies such as Sarginsons in our area where we can give them a real-life experience.”

The visit was part of Sarginsons’ 2018 commission at the Academy and will help the company to select students it will further sponsor onto Advanced Apprenticeships in foundry, casting and patternmaking.

They will will be completed at the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) created at the University of Wolverhampton of which Sarginsons is a primary supporter with the Cast Metals Federation.

Anthony Evans, the managing director of Sarginsons, said: “The shortage of certain skills for business is something that companies, government and education are all looking to address.

“WMG Academy is a fantastic place to learn and we are delighted to support the school and its students as they look to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of work.

“We were delighted to welcome the students and give them an insight into what we do here. Hopefully they found interesting and helpful – and it may also have given them a new perspective on which career path they wish to follow.”

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