The JCB Academy Sixth Form work in partnership with several commercial companies which offers much more than academic progress and helps contextualise learning and develop employability skills. These partners include: Toyota, RAF Cosford, JCB, Bosch Rexroth, Staffordshire University, National Grid and Barclays Bank. Learners experience numerous challenges that are specifically linked to real-world problems.
Engineering learners spend two weeks at the Centre of Operational Excellence at the JCB Headquarters. The bespoke course designed by the Operational Excellence team at JCB, focuses on lean and quality improvement methods applied in a practical situation of assembly. Learners are taught about many tools and techniques which are used by JCB to achieve operational excellence.
Engineering learners take part in the Bosch Rexroth Challenge, a course tailored for their hydraulics unit. The course is aimed at developing skills in hydraulic engineering; exploring aspects of control, hydraulics and sensor technology. Included is an onsite factory tour, a series of practical exercises using Bosch Rexroth training rigs, and a visit to the London Eye to gain insights into the hydraulic systems and sensors used on the iconic landmark.
Engineering learners visit RAF Cosford as part of their Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials unit. The learners look at how they could improve failures in the design and materials used in three aircrafts based at the museum. The learners also get access to the Luftwaffe Dornier bomber (pictured) which was raised from the sea after 75 years and isn’t normally available to the public. This unique access gives the learners a better understanding of why some parts corrode and others do not.