Sixteen of our students have just been awarded the nationally accredited CREST Silver Award. They successfully completed six days of intensive training and work experience at Nissan Sunderland. The group were given a full day introduction to the Nissan plant and the varying job roles within the business before completing five days of team based activities which saw them design and test an assembly line for manufacture of cars. As two separate teams, they then applied improvement techniques to reduce the time to manufacture by a staggering 96% from their first run. Along the way they were given exposure to the following STEM disciplines – working in a Manufacturing and Engineering area; using principles and tools to aid workplace management; Quality and Inspection; Kaizen and 5S principles and the power of Teamwork. They demonstrated massive commitment, resilience and work ethic over the week. When asked about how well the teams worked and if any student deserved a recommendation, one of the Nissan trainers commented, “The attitude, manners and general behaviour of my group was a credit to your school. I got a great deal of satisfaction watching the group develop from the nervous clumsy teenagers they were on Monday, to the confident and competent team players they became by Friday. Not only that but we had a laugh along the way. As for awards, I don’t like to single individuals out because one bad one can ruin a group. To have a good group you need eight people to work well together, interact, listen and apply the lessons learned. And we certainly got that”.