During July, Ben Ratcliffe, 14 and Jack Turner, 15 both from Stocksbridge High School completed two weeks on work placement at Rollem as part of the Made in Sheffield Ambassadors programme.
Rollem is an international print finishing machine designer and manufacturer with 80% of its production being for export with the largest market being the USA.
Whilst at Rollem Ben and Jack’s duties were primarily to design a mechanism for their print finishing machines to control the sheets on Rollaway machines whilst the cutting heads were dis-engaged. They spent most of their time with Mark Hible, Operations Manager learning about the design process and covered concept design, 3D CAD – modelling, drafting, exploded diagrams, sourcing and buying in parts, creating Bills of Materials and general database skills. They came up with a working design which was completed in the machine shop and using bought in parts they fully assembled and tested the mechanism on one of the machines. They did the assembly and test work with Bill Jones, who also showed them how to strip down and set up jobs on the Rollaway machines.
Mark Hible, Operations Manager said “While we were waiting for the parts I did some assembly work with them with a test project where I showed them how to set up and use a centre lathe, pedestal drill and general fabrication and fitting skills.”
The Made in Sheffield Ambassadors Programme, which is run by The work-wise Foundation, is a step beyond the traditional model of one business connected to one school. It connects an employment sector, or whole series of businesses, to a group of schools. This allows a range of businesses to contribute and allows schools a wider link to business in the local community. At the heart of Made in Sheffield is the concept of student Ambassadors aged 13-15 who are given a rich range of experiences both in school and in the workplace to develop their job-ready skills and attitudes and their sector-specific understanding. The Ambassadors promote business sectors to their peers and showcase young people’s talents and abilities. At the end of the programme, each Ambassador gains an employer-endorsed Skills Passport.