Brose UK, which manufactures window regulators and seat structures for international carmakers, has agreed to sponsor a new learning officer to work at the museum in a bid to engage with secondary school students.
The deal will see 800 more 12 to 16 year-olds take part in a host of educational activities every year, ranging from working on land speed record projects and recycling materials to make new machines, to a complex scheme that will bring together industry and academia to showcase how traditional processes have evolved into modern manufacturing.
It is part of Brose UK’s approach to developing the next generation of engineers and to help it hire 100 more staff over the next 12 months.
Juergen Zahl, managing director of Brose UK commented: “We are very passionate about investing in skills and ensuring we get more young people interested in following a career in the automotive industry.
“Coventry was the centre of the automotive world for many years and we are slowly enjoying a renaissance, with significant investment in the car sector and a host of new technologies being developed by firms and universities across the region.”
He continued: “The sponsorship met a number of our corporate social responsibility objectives and resonated highly with our apprenticeship and graduate programmes that we are expanding year-on-year. This is just the start; we are actively looking to get involved in activities and ensure our engineers and other employees use their skills to make a difference.”
Mel Ballam has been appointed by Coventry Transport Museum as the new Brose learning officer and is currently working with other members of the team to finalise a series of pilot sessions for primary and secondary schools starting next month.
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Coventry Transport Museum www.transport-museum.com