HRH the Duke of York has recognised Bosch Rexroth’s contribution to the success of The JCB Academy during a recent visit to the engineering and business school.
Accompanied by JCB Chairman, Sir Anthony Bamford, the Duke met students as he toured the Academy’s workshops and welding facilities before visiting a lean manufacturing seminar run by Bosch Rexroth.
HRH the Duke of York also presented Alastair Johnstone, Managing Director of Bosch Rexroth, with a certificate in recognition of the company’s support of the Academy. Rexroth has been an industrial partner of The JCB Academy since it opened in September 2010 and has helped to promote the development of the next generation of engineers by setting the students real-life work challenges.
Mr Johnstone, commented: “It was a privilege to meet the Duke of York today and for Bosch Rexroth to be recognised by The JCB Academy. The attraction of skills into engineering is absolutely vital for our industry and the UK economy in general. The Academy plays a major part in encouraging the next generation and we’re proud to play a role in its success. Additionally, I would like to recognise the outstanding work undertaken at the Academy by Jim Malin on our behalf; his commitment to and enthusiasm for the students and the work of the Academy is evident for all to see.”
Additionally, as part of the Lean Manufacturing Group, the Bosch Rexroth team provided staff and students with the opportunity to learn about, and engage in, lean manufacturing techniques through live demonstrations. Each seminar explains how lean manufacturing is implemented and how it can improve efficiency, competitiveness and profitability.
Jim Wade, Principal at The JCB Academy, adds: “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 ours, which are giving young people the opportunity to develop the skills and intellectual capacity to help the UK compete in the global economy.
“We are eternally grateful for the support of our industry partners and their commitment to our students. Without this support we could not realise our vision and make such a difference to the lives and aspirations of young people.”