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Press release march

A group of JCB graduates have turned their hand to teaching in a bid to inspire the next generation of engineers at the JCB Academy, in Rocester.

The nine graduate employees were tasked with delivering an ‘Engineering Maintenance’ module to 160 students.

The Year 10 students were taught each week by the JCB graduates and the winners of a series of classroom challenges won through to the grand finale event – The JCB Academy Challenge - at the company’s World Headquarters.

At the final, attended by JCB Chief Executive Graeme Macdonald, six teams of six students were challenged to design and build prototype JCB Loadall telescopic handler cabs and attachments from cardboard, then carry out a series of races and tests.

The overall winning team of the design and build Loadall challenge was the Bamford House team, with individual awards going to George Harratt (Innovation Award), Hannah Fowler (Sense of Urgency Award), Connor Howitt (Product of Hard Work Award) and Jordan Churchill (Outstanding Achievement Award).

The JCB graduates - James Higgs, Alex Kay, Alex Raper, Ashley Radford, James Gregson, Kit Youldon, Natasha Rigby, Sam Bigden and Rhys Bradbury - also organised a series of careers talks during the day to highlight the great opportunities open to engineers. The students also enjoyed a tour of The Story of JCB and a live JCB Loadall demonstration on the day.

JCB general engineering graduate James Higgs said: “The event was a huge success with the students showing some great engineering skills during the day. There are lots of opportunities for talented people at JCB and the wider engineering industry and we hope we’ve inspired them to consider it as a potential career path.”