Students at Brooke Weston will get expert help and advice from a local engineering expert under the Enterprise Adviser scheme. Mr Tony Green is plant manager at Mahle Powertrain in Wellingborough. The company has 65,000 employees over 140 global manufacturing sites. The Powertrain division covers automotive engineering and the company provides components for top manufacturers including Lamborghini and Porsche.
Mr Green is liaising with our Design Technology department to offer support and guidance to young engineers. He said: ‘Our company is very motor-orientated so we manufacture things like 550hp-type Jaguar engine blocks and heads or Porsche Cayenne engines. We produce high performance and F1 engines and other items such as filtration systems. Locally we have three manufacturing facilities in Wellingborough, an engineering division in Northampton and a foundry in Worcester. I came from an engineering background through an apprenticeship system and have progressed through different ventures. I am now in a leadership role with responsibilities including HR, finance, engineering, manufacturing and logistics so from a purely engineering beginning I have become involved in most areas in our operation.’
The Enterprise Adviser programme is run by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and funded via the Careers and Enterprise Company. Its manager, Kerry Senatore, said: ‘Young people today experience a completely different economy and labour market than previous generations. They are likely to have multiple careers with various employers, ranging from global multinationals to small and micro-employers and are more likely than ever before to run their own business.
'With an increasing number of local employers recognising the need to recruit young people into their industries, there are now more opportunities than ever to get an insight into some of Northamptonshire’s most exciting and innovative companies. Many employers are keen to support education by providing relevance to the curriculum and enhance students' understanding of the opportunities open to them and the skills and attitudes required in the workplace. This programme provides support to the Senior Leadership Team in school to ensure the school is providing the relevant opportunities to help students succeed in the workplace and that they are as prepared as possible for the choices that lie ahead.’
Head of DT, Mr Browne said: ‘This scheme is a way of our students accessing information and advice from an expert at the forefront of precision engineering. The fact that Mr Green has worked his way up from apprenticeship level to plant manager at a company with a multi-million pound turnover should inspire the students and show them the possible pathways that DT or STEM subjects can lead to.’