Students “blown away” by careers awareness visit to Silverstone Park businesses
22 July 2022
Silverstone Park’s Schools Programme has continued to further awareness of career types and pathways by inviting 50 Year 9 students from Kingsthorpe College, Northampton for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of some of the advanced technology businesses at the estate.
The youngsters were welcomed inside legendary motorcycle brand Ducati’s UK headquarters, Hexagon’s state-of-the-art Metrology Facility, Delta Cosworth’s high performance battery technology workshop, and Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub’s wind tunnel and Vorteq Sports’ fabrics design department which both help to improve the performances of Olympic athletes.
Tech recruitment agency Edge Tech provided insight into the different career types across the technology spectrum after MEPC Senior Asset Manager Chris Sills had welcomed the students and offered advice on personal attitude and application.
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Diane Fisher, Kingsthorpe’s Strategic Lead for Careers, commented: “The students were blown away by the technology, innovation, and projects inside these businesses who are helping to solve some of the big challenges that affect us all, such as energy efficiency, mobility and sustainability.
“Really importantly, many on the tour clearly started to become aware of the careers involved – types of jobs that they didn’t previously know existed – and you could see the cogs starting to turn with all the chat on the coach heading back to school!
“The experience also enabled the students to learn about the different pathways to these exciting jobs, and that application and attitude is just as important as qualifications in impressing employers.”
Diane added: “It has been empowering for the students at an important stage in their personal development, as they prepare to start their GCSEs and think about what their futures could be.
“We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Silverstone Park Schools Programme, which is doing so much in supporting young people and business in the local area, and thank Silverstone Park and the businesses for volunteering their time and giving us this opportunity to inspire our students.”