Working with the next generation of engineers and inspiring them to consider manufacturing has a rewarding career option is at the heart of the work that KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) is doing with local schools in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The company is funding and supporting teams of nine to 11-year-olds, who have entered The IET Formula Goblin Project organised by The Greenpower Education Trust, with the aim of building an electric powered car.
This KMF initiative is an extension of its existing The Young Engineer of the Year Awards, which are being supported by the National Apprenticeship Scheme, across 20 high schools in North Staffordshire.
"With the IET Formula Goblin Project we are hoping to encourage even younger students to consider engineering as a career option," said Gareth Higgins, KMF Managing Director.
"We have two schools involved at the moment, but we are actively looking to support other enthusiastic, teams. We are happy to purchase the kit cars for the schools."
The first school to benefit from KMF's support was Our Lady and St Werburgh Catholic Primary School whose team of 16, Year 6, children visited KMF's state-of-the-art factory recently to take delivery of the Goblin Flat pack kit.
The children will also make use of the KMF apprentice workshop to build the finished electric vehicle and gain a basic understanding of mechanics, before taking it out to test it against other schools up and down the country.
The build time for the Goblin kit car is approximately 15 hours with the children having to design the bodywork. During their time at the KMF factory, the children were supported by KMF apprentice trainers Steve Dalton and Nigel Tomkinson, along with third-year apprentice Zachary Peacock and maintenance engineer Glyn Preston.
KMF has also provided funding for a second Formula 24 kit for St Joseph's College in Trent Vale, Stoke on Trent, who will be making a similar visit to KMF shortly.
"We hope to help a number of schools take part in this challenge by purchasing the Greenpower Kits for them and offering our time and expertise to help them complete the build," explained KMF Training Centre Manager Jenny Conlon.
"If any school in the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke on Trent area wants to talk to us about funding of the kit they can contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org."