On Wednesday 25th April the Pentagon Plastics Group (inc. Phoenix Engineering Ltd) welcomed first year product design students and their tutor, Steven Smith from Brighton University.
Their time followed the standard structure of these regular on-site student visits but on this occasion the group were able to further enhance the students time on site as they were also joined by Sara Cammarano PhD, Senior Industrial Issues Executive of the British Plastics Federation.
Sara delivered an interesting presentation into the exciting world of polymer career opportunities, drawing attention to the BPF CareerZone and enhanced support that the BPF offers throughout education and beyond.
This was followed by an informative presentation from Pentagon’s MD, Paul Edwards delivering insight into design for plastics and mould tools.
As in previous visits, the students and their tutor were then taken on a tour of the moulding facilities and workshops, encompassing both Pentagon Plastics and Phoenix Engineering. The students were allowed time to speak with various members of the team to further enhance their understanding of the processes and plastics manufacture.
The educational support that the group offers to the students does not stop once the tour is over, as the students are then invited to contact them should they require any assistance or advise within their plastic injection moulding module studies.
A spokesperson for Pentagon Plastics commented:
“The group is very proud of the consistent and structured support that we offer to students and universities, and it was a pleasure to be able to incorporate the fantastic work of the BPF on this occasion.
“Pentagon Plastics believe that dedicating time to those in education will bring core benefit to the industry going forward. It would be excellent to see other manufacturers providing these types of events in their local areas. This will ensure that a greater number of students benefit and gain an enhanced understanding within their studies and the career opportunities available.
“You can learn a lot in a classroom but it comes alive in the workplace!”