The D&T Association Excellence Awards

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Alucast are delighted that Graham Williams from the Ace Academy School in Tipton has been successfully nominated for the award for D & T Education & Industry Engagement, & will be receiving his award at the D & T Association Excellence Awards this evening in London.

Congratulation to Graham from the team at Alucast, Tom Bruce, Neil Curl, Andrew Callaghan, & Wayne Cooper, could not be more pleased for you & wish you luck tonight.

Started in 1999 by the Design and Technology Association Trustees the D&T Association Excellence Awards gives professional recognition to individuals for their contribution to design and technology education.

Leading the project, Graham Williams, D&T teacher at ACE Academy said “It was a steep learning curve.  Both the students and I have developed new skills.  Through the project we encountered real design problems which was challenging but positive and beneficial for the pupils.”  Commenting on the input from Alucast, he added “The coaches’ support was brilliant.  They wanted the project to be a success and saw themselves as part of it.”

The Alucast employees were unanimous in wanting to continue working with the school and enjoyed their involvement with the project.  “It was really pleasing to see how the students took an idea right through to the final product.”  Tony Sartorius, Managing Director at Alucast added “We have gained an understanding of D&T in schools, including limitations posed by timetabling and equipment.  Basic practical hands-on skills are important to our business and we are pleased to have supported ACE Academy to introduce some of these to students.”

As an SME, we wanted to get involved in the Skills Gap programme to ensure it develops to be a scheme which small companies can engage with. Small businesses have a significant role to play in the future of the economy. We at Alucast want to invest in the skills of young people to ensure we feed the talent pipeline for our future and the future of the local community. We are very much looking forward to working with the ACE Academy, Tipton. Tony Sartorius, Managing Director, Alucast.

Link to the site below.

https://www.data.org.uk/for-education/secondary/the-dt-association-excellence-awards/