United Cast Bar inspires Brookfield School pupils by hosting the 2023 student challenge
Chesterfield’s United Cast Bar is continuing to play its part in inspiring the next generation of engineers in the town, by hosting a local school to help them discover the exciting pathways available into the sector.
A group of year 10 students from Brookfield School Chesterfield, all whom have an interest in STEM subjects, were challenged to create a short boardroom presentation on the following;
- The history of iron
- Its impact and position in Chesterfield over the last 50 years
- The uses of irons in modern life
- The environmental future of iron-making
A total of 27 students wanted to be involved with the challenge and were split into 9 teams of 3. After some fantastic presentations, 4 groups were shortlisted for first, second and 2 x third-place positions.
United Cast Bar’s aim is to encourage local young people to understand the development and importance of the industry in the local Community, the careers that are available in the manufacturing and engineering industries locally and to show what interesting and rewarding careers these industries can offer.
The winners were invited to visit United Cast Bar to give their presentations to members of the management team, have a tour of the factory, join the team for lunch and receive their prizes.
“It was fantastic to see the work done and learn some interesting facts the children had researched about cast iron and its importance to the local area. A successful and enjoyable day was had by all” James Brand UCB Foundries Managing Director remarked, “the professionalism the students showed in both their research and in presenting their results – it was a great pleasure to welcome them to UCB.”
Since 2014, United Cast Bar has also been involved in the Made in Chesterfield initiative, which sees businesses offering tours of their premises to showcase the range of careers available in STEM sectors. Read more about the 2023 Made in Chesterfield festival here.
United Cast Bar supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.