Pupils get manufacturing insight at Ellesmere Port


Pupils from Wirral Grammar School build K'nex racing cars

As a major employer and investor in the UK, Vauxhall Motors was pleased to support the government-led initiative ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ for the second consecutive year, by welcoming over 440 school pupils aged between 14 and 18 to Ellesmere Port over two days.


Val Thomas, Plant Personnel Manager said: “To see the plant full of young pupils keen to begin their future careers was great. We always welcome the opportunity to invite young people into the plant and to showcase all the career paths that manufacturing can offer.”


The aim of the day was to give pupils a glimpse of life in the automotive industry and an idea of what a Vauxhall career might offer. We run successful apprenticeship and undergraduate programmes, the latter having received a Highly Commended award from the National Council for Work Experience. We are also investigating ways in which we can extend our junior operator and graduate schemes to bring in more talent.


Apart from exciting opportunities, talented young people can look forward to a long future with Vauxhall. The recent allocation of the seventh-generation Astra to Ellesmere Port as lead plant not only secured over 700 new jobs and doubled the apprenticeship intake, but also ensures production of the new model into the 2020s.


Mayoress of Ellesmere Port, Lynn Clare - who attended the event alongside Deputy Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Paul Donovan, Councillor Brian Jones, and Councillor Myles Hogg - said: “Providing an opportunity for pupils to gain insight into the world of manufacturing is a fantastic thing. Vauxhall does an extraordinary job in showcasing the automotive industry and it was a pleasure to see the potential of so many pupils in one room.”

Anyah Roberts from Bishop Heber races her hand-built K'Nex car

Educational games and challenges

The ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ activity day was run by our 20 undergraduates currently enjoying a placement at Ellesmere Port. Pupils were given a factory tour of the General Assembly unit and had the opportunity to take part in a number of manufacturing games, activities and challenges.


These included beat the robot, race your hand-built K’Nex car, hit the griffin on the cross-bar, supermodel safety gear, water treatment and testing, and see yourself thermally imaged. Our enthusiastic undergraduates and apprentices were also on hand to offer pupils career advice, including tips for their future application and recruitment processes.


Sophie Tobin, Communications Assistant Undergraduate said: “Our aim was to show pupils the many different aspects of Vauxhall in a fun and interactive way, following on from the success of the event we ran in October 2011. It was great to see the pupils enjoying themselves away from the classroom and we were really able to relate to them when offering guidance and support for their future career choices”.