Two members of management from the Volvo group came out to The Leigh UTC on Wednesday 2nd May to showcase their new all electric bus currently being trialed along the Fasttrack in Dartford.
Adrian Felton delivered a presentation to our year 12 engineering students about the Volvo group and their research and development into new technologies. The presentation touched on Volvo Group activities across the world and importantly job opportunities particularly for those wanting to follow an apprenticeship pathway.
UTC students participated in the presentation with thorough questioning of why this move to elecrication is important and issues that may arise.
Students where then invited onto the electric bus to see how it works. They then went on a journey to the charging depot in Greenhithe to see the new technology up close.
With the advances in battery and charging technology students could see the bus fully charged in under 10 minutes.
On return to The Leigh UTC Volvo set a design challenge for our engineering students to come up with a viable solution to a real ongoing problem.
Over the next term students will work in teams to come up with a solution and present their findings to Volvo. The winning team will receive a suitable prize for their efforts.
Steve Leahey, Principal of the UTC commented that such industry / education partnerships are increasingly vital for a sector with huge national skills shortages. We plan to work more closely with Volvo group on a number of initiatives over the coming year which will help our students have a clear understanding of work related learning.