Workplace Visit to Siemens Leeds

Year 9 students from Leeds East Academy were invited for an interactive workplace visit at Siemens Mechanical Drives to find out about key skills for success.

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FOCUS: Help students get a deeper understanding of the various roles available at one local engineering employer and the routes of entry into the sector while raising aspirations.

A group of 14 students from Leeds East Academy took part in a full assembly tour and interactive activities at Siemens Mechanical Drives in Stourton, Leeds with a focus on how lean thinking drives the business.

Students were challenged to create 'cars' for Porsche and Ferrari using a specified list of instructions before being able to modify and adjust their production strategy to improve the results. The winning team were the students that could complete the most 'cars' to the required quality standard in the allotted time.

Students were also able to explore the variety of roles available at the Leeds plant that hires over 60 members of staff and ask the team their questions about working in the industry.

"Across the UK many engineering businesses are struggling to find qualified, capable people so these activities are about young adults understanding what these working environments are like and right from the beginning the understand what this sector is like."

Simon Nadin, General Manager, Siemen



  •  92% of students said the visit helped them feel better prepared for the world of work
  • 100%  of students said it made them more aware of their own skills and aspirations
  • 100% of students said it improved their knowledge of the engineering sector


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