HRH The Duke of York was recently given an insight into the achievements of
The JCB Academy during a visit to honour the businesses which have contributed to its success.
Accompanied by JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, The Duke was shown around
The Academy at Rocester, Staffordshire, by Principal Jim Wade. During the
visit he met dozens of students in the high-tech environment which
prepares them for the world of work as part of its mission to develop the
engineers and business leaders of the future.
He was shown around the computer-aided design classroom where students
were using 3D design software before transferring to the computer-aided
manufacturing centre where students were operating laser cutters to put
their designs into production.
The Duke also toured around The Academy’s workshops and welding facilities
before visiting a lean manufacturing event being run by Bosch Rexroth,
industrial partner to The JCB Academy.
And it was a very special day for six former students who were introduced
to the Royal visitor having completed their studies at The Academy before
moving into Higher Apprenticeships in industry. Holly Broadhurst, 18, of
Leek, Luke McFall, 18, of Stafford and William Wainwright, 18, of
Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent are all working at JCB. Kurt Clarke-Roome, 18,
of Derby and Aiden Rogers, 19, of Derby are both working at Rolls-Royce,
Derby and Megan Aucott, 19, of Stafford is working at Bentley, Crewe.
The Duke of York was visiting The JCB Academy as part of his continued
focus on University Technical Colleges and bringing together employers,
educators, and young people, to promote, support and recognise the
importance of the development of the various pathways to employment.
One of the highlights of the visit was the presentation of certificates
and commemorative plates to partner organisations which have supported The
Academy since it opened in September 2010 through their commitment to
setting real-life engineering challenges for the students.
JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade said: "It is a real pleasure and honour to
show The Duke of York what we are achieving at The JCB Academy. He is a
real supporter of technical and vocational training for young people and
is keen to see the development of schools like The JCB Academy, which are
giving young people the opportunities to develop the skills and
intellectual capacity to help UK plc compete in the global economy.
"When you are ploughing a new furrow, the support of those outside the
organisation is crucial to your long-term success, so to have someone like
The Duke of York, who is so passionate about technical education for young
people, is vital to the long-term success of schools such as The JCB
"We are eternally grateful for the support of our industry partners and
their commitment to our young people. Without this support we could not
realise our vision and make such a difference to the lives and aspirations
of our young people."
The Duke presented certificates and plates to Miles Pixley, JCB HR
Manager; Nicola Swaney, of Rolls-Royce; Paul Fitzpatrick, of Toyota; Chloe
Tupper, of National Grid; Julia Teale, of Bentley; Alastair Johnstone, of
Bosch Rexroth and Louise Reynolds, of Network Rail.
Before departing, The Duke was presented with a scale model of an
Archimedes Screw, which provides electricity at The JCB Academy, by Head
Boy Jack Straw, 17, of Spondon, Derby and Head Girl Leandra Rushton, 15,
The JCB Academy was set up to develop the engineers and business leaders
of the future and last month the first of its students to complete their
studies started apprenticeships with companies including JCB, Rolls-Royce,
Nestle, Bentley Motors as well as KMF, WD Tankers and B&B Tractors. In
August The Academy announced that 99% of students had achieved A* to C
grades in their GCSE results.