Pupils from Ysgol Tremerchion recently visited the Fifth Wheel Company as part of their World of Work project to develop a better understating of careers and the workplace.
Here at Fifth Wheel Co. we manufacture a unique, bespoke range of products with a diverse range of roles and skills such as accounting, product design, sales, joinery, plumbing and electrical engineering. Collaborations such as this between industry and education are vitally important to the future of manufacturing in the UK, and we’re particularly keen to develop a ‘See Inside Manufacturing…’ initiative, to educate pupils and teachers alike as to what kind of skills are really required in this sector.
Pupils from years 2 through to 6 were given an exclusive tour of the manufacturing facilities here at Fifth Wheel Co. in Rhuallt, Denbighshire with the opportunity to engage with staff and discuss the skills they need for their own particular roles. This concluded with a challenge to design and build their own model caravan using waste household materials, to spark their imagination and motivate their learning from the day.
The day proved successful on both parts as Fifth Wheel Company hope to inspire future generations of the various employment opportunities available to them in the region. Technical Director, Gethin Whiteley said “We’ve has significant success with employing both apprentices and new graduates at Fifth Wheel Co. and each individual has flourished in the work place. They’ve gained both new skills and confidence whilst embarking on an exciting career path that we fully support.”
Ysgol Tremerchion Headteacher Mr Gethin Jones added; “We had an excellent day visiting Fifth Wheel in Rhuallt. The pupils had a fantastic opportunity to see a local company that produces luxury caravans. The pupils saw the full process from receiving orders, to designing, building, advertising, and selling. The pupils really enjoyed collecting information and will now be busy designing their own caravan!”