BSI, in partnership with the Bucks Skills Hub, invited year 9 students from across the county to a behind the scenes, workplace visit at the British Standards Institution’s Kitemark House in Hemel Hempstead. Eager students from St Michael’s Catholic School, Chiltern Hills Academy, The Misbourne, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and Highcrest Academy were selected based on their particular interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.
Having listened to careers talks from senior executives to new apprentices, who each outlined their career path and explained routes into their industry, the students then went on a tour of the different product testing areas. They witnessed breathing apparatus being stress-tested, door locks destroyed by would-be burglars, fire extinguishers heated until they exploded and robotic arms opening door handles up to 50,000 times.
Having had a keen taste of the science and engineering behind it’s product testing laboratory, students left armed with information and knowledge not only about the industry itself, but specifically about BSI and the different career paths they could follow to a STEM based career.