Vauxhall is a valued member of communities across the UK. We’re committed to making a positive impact, wherever we are.
We have a long-standing history of community engagement, in particular in the Bedfordshire and Cheshire areas where our manufacturing sites are based. We encourage our employees to support charities and participate in fundraising activities.
Vauxhall undergraduates across our UK sites develop community projects that help them engage with local schools. The one-day modules – which have been extremely well received by local schools – bridge the gap between the classroom and the world of work in a playful way, providing valuable insight into the multi-skilled manufacturing sector.
Undergraduates who take part in community projects develop vital skills such as team work, strategic planning, public speaking, organisation skills, presentation skills and the ability to communicate with people of different ages and abilities.
“We are incredibly grateful to Vauxhall for providing our students with a notion of real-world business.”
– Mary Jankiewicz, Careers Advisor, Putteridge High School
“[Vauxhall’s] input … was the best … ever delivered by an external organisation in the school!”
– Careers Education and Guidance Development Coordinator, Hilbre High School Humanities College
“It could not be improved, it was EPIC!”
– Year 6 pupil, St Basil Primary School
Luton plant’s Vans R Us Scheme has been nominated for Business in the Community – Local Community Impact Award 2012.
At the Vauxhall manufacturing plant in Ellesmere Port, our undergraduates visit local schools in north east Wales, the Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool to tell students about careers in the automotive industry. Students watch videos and take part in quizzes and games, including a competitive manufacturing game that simulates real life production.
All the schools visited by our undergraduates compete against each other in the production game to win a grand prize (in the school year 2011/12, this was a signed under 21s England football shirt).
Twenty young and enthusiastic undergraduates make up our community support team. They’re all on a placement year at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port and their job roles vary from engineering, maintenance and quality, to IT, HR, environmental management, finance and business. This means they are able to enthuse students about the diverse opportunities available in the manufacturing industry.
From our Luton manufacturing plant, we run a free community project called ‘Vans R Us’. Vans R Us helps school children to understand the manufacturing process at Vauxhall.
Each one-day workshop explores the world of manufacturing and engineering through an interactive, hands-on approach. A mixture of education and fun activities support curriculum enterprise skills in science, technology, English and maths, and students of all abilities are encouraged to get involved. Students are asked to ‘research’ countries in which they can manufacture cars, using booklets that we provide. They then have to create their own factory, product and business plan that they will present at the end of the day.
Vans R Us was developed and is coordinated by theour 16 undergraduates at the Luton plant. It’s available to both higher primary school students and lower secondary school students and has so far been a great success. Since Vans R Us was established, our undergraduates have visited over 600 local school children.
The community project that we run from our headquarters in Luton is called Griffins' Den. Griffins' Den brings the business elements at Vauxhall together into a fun and interactive activity day. Inspired by General Motor's mission to ‘design, build and sell the world's best vehicles’, the Griffins’ Den challenge asks students to design and sell an innovative car for a target customer, taking into account profit, labour costs and marketing.
Griffins' Den is a full day's activity for middle secondary school students within 15 miles of Vauxhall’s headquarters. It can take up to 30 students a day and is supported by eight undergraduates. Each day opens with a presentation about engineering and business operations at Vauxhall, followed by videos of the manufacturing process at the Luton plant.
Design, build and sell activities take up the rest of the day, incorporating budgeting, customer focus, team work and more. Each team presents their final ideas to a panel of Griffins who judge them on how well they have met their brief. Time is also given to exploring the different career opportunities at Vauxhall through our undergraduate and apprentice schemes.
A team of four Vauxhall undergraduates designed and implemented Griffins' Den, reaching nearly 200 students in two months. It was developed with support from STEMNet and the Education Business Partnership.
A number of Education Business Partnerships (EBPs) support the development of our undergraduate community projects. They help us to tailor our programme to the curriculum for science, technology, engineering and maths, or STEM.
EBPs close the gap between school and work, allowing employers to tap into local talent and engage with young people at an early stage. This is helping us to build relationships with local schools and work with teachers to engage young people in STEM activities.
STEMNET provides network and development opportunities for everyone involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. It gives a variety or people – from employers to teachers – the opportunity to get involved in providing a creative learning culture for local young people.
STEMNET has helped us develop our undergraduate community projects and continues to support our employees as STEM ambassadors.
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