On Wednesday 15 March Rednock School in Dursley went ‘off-curriculum’ for the day and hosted a superb Careers Fair focused around Science, Technology, Electronics and Maths, also known as STEM subjects. Local refuse vehicle company, Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) took part by bringing along one of its refuse trucks and a service van, and giving practical demonstrations to the students.
Tim Justice, Careers Advisor, Rednock School said: “RVS were fantastic and proved to be a huge hit with our Year 10 pupils. We were all surprised to learn about the level of engineering, design technology and maths that goes into creating and operating waste lorries. The students really benefited from seeing a real-life application of what they are learning in the classroom, making the link to machinery that we all rely on to do a vital job in our communities.”
Paul Brown, Commercial Director, did the presentations at the school: “The students seemed genuinely interested in what we were showing them. We have always been impressed with the school and we currently employ four ex-pupils as apprentice Mechanics.”
RVS provides a wide range of services from supplying new and used refuse vehicles, to remanufacturing vehicles bringing them back to their original state. The company also has a fleet of Hire vehicles, a Parts department and a Service department to provide customers with repairs and maintenance services.
Tim added: “The style of the presentation from RVS, using real trucks, was fun and really engaged students who prefer hands-on learning. We are hugely grateful to Paul and his team who gave their whole day to take part.
“We are also thankful for RVS’ support over the past 3 years. When I visited their premises recently I was so pleased to see at least 3 familiar faces - ex-pupils who are now apprentices at the company. We need more businesses to look at taking on apprentices especially with the introduction of the new *Apprentice Levy.”
The Careers Day at Rednock involved demonstrations by local companies involved in virtual reality, DNA technology, construction and law. The University of Bristol carried out science experiments and mini challenges with the teenagers like making paddleboats out of elastic bands and spoons. The University of Gloucestershire also did virtual reality tours.
For further information about RVS Tel: 01453 899 131, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.RefuseVehicleSolutions.co.uk