13 February 2019

Project Set To Inspire Future Engineers

A partnership project, spearheaded by an award-winning Derby company that supplies engineering products to the rail industry, has been launched in a bid to ensure all Derby city secondary schools offer metalwork as a subject.

Tidyco Ltd has brought together Derby training providers and local suppliers to help launch the Tidyco Toolbox Challenge project. 

More than 20 Engineering students at Derby College Group’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College will work with students from the nearby Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC) to research, design and build a sheet metal bending machine.

They will work together in small groups using the CAD design and engineering equipment available across both sites to build prototype machines.

The winning design will be chosen by a panel of the local project supporters and sponsors and the winning students will each receive a set of engineering tools. All the machines that are made and functional will then be given to the first school to pilot the scheme - Littleover Community School.

Meanwhile students from the University of Derby and a Tidyco apprentice will create a youtube style training video which will available to the schools taking part in the project to demonstrate how to make the metal tool boxes. 

And Learning Unlimited, part of Chesterfield College Group, will create course work manuals for schools to support the project moving forwards. 

Philip Mason, Production Director at Tidyco, explained the reason behind the project.