[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"318","attributes":{"class":"media-image aligncenter size-medium wp-image-8180","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"300","height":"200","alt":"Discovery Alcoa 881A1449"}}]]UK National Apprenticeship Week: Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education host live virtual field trip for pupils worldwide

Secondary schools from across the UK and beyond took part in a landmark live broadcast on Friday 4th March, for an exclusive look at careers available in today’s advanced manufacturing industry in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week. 

The Manufacture Your Future Live Virtual Field Trip was organised by Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development to schools. Broadcast from Alcoa’s aluminium rolling mill in Kitts Green, Birmingham on Friday 4th March, the event was streamed live into classrooms around the world.

The broadcast gave students the chance to tour a sophisticated manufacturing plant without leaving their classrooms. Home to some of the most advanced manufacturing technology in the world, the Alcoa Kitts Green plant produces rolled aluminium products for aircraft, highly demanding industrial applications and high performance Formula 1 racing cars.

Pupils taking part saw first-hand how Alcoa’s cutting-edge products are developed, and heard how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths(STEM) classroom subjects link to real-life manufacturing at the plant. They also saw how apprenticeship schemes can provide routes into some of the most exciting jobs in advanced manufacturing, and met engineers who have risen through the ranks as apprentices.

Alcoa engineers were joined on the day by pupils from Grace Academy, a specialist business and enterprise school in Solihull who undertook the field trip in person. These students had the unique experience of interviewing Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, at the Houses of Parliament, which formed part of the live broadcast.

Tim Burgum, Science Teacher at Grace Academy said: 

“We were thrilled to take part in this live broadcast with Discovery Education, which gave our pupils the opportunity to interview a Government Minister and see behind-the-scenes at the Alcoa plant. The event really helped them to see how their maths and science lessons relate to real life jobs, and has sparked great excitement about the future career paths they might take.”

The virtual field trip was provided as part of Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education’s award-winning ‘Manufacture Your Future’ programme and website, which provides teachers, pupils and families with resources and advice to build excitement around careers in advanced manufacturing. 

Suzanne van de RaadtProgramme Development, Alcoa Foundation said:

“As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve and expand, we know the importance of offering resources such as the Manufacture Your Future Live Virtual Field Trip to spark students’ interest in this dynamic industry. It’s the first step in preparing tomorrow’s workforce with critical skills needed to fill the increasing demand in this field. We are proud to showcase talented members of Alcoa’s UK team as they share their stories and connect classroom STEM skills to their advanced manufacturing careers.

Lewis Bronze MBE, VP and Director of Content at Discovery Education said:

“Discovery Education is proud to continue our partnership with Alcoa Foundation. It was great to see so many schools take a virtual leap beyond the classroom to join us for our live lesson.”

The Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip builds on the success of Discovery Education’s 2015 Magna Carta and 2014 Remembrance Day live broadcasts to schools.  The 45 minute lesson is available to watch online now at [http://www.manufactureyourfuture.com/UKVirtualFieldTrip and www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/vft]. The sites also offer free, engaging teaching resources including lesson plans and cross-curricular digital content.



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