Teaching and Learning GEMMA ROWLES
Taking students to Land Rover
This year we arranged our second visit for year Activities, such as the Kandoo challenge or
11 students to the Land Rover plant in Solihull. individually operating and programming a robot or
The visit acts as a revision day for the traffic lights, are designed to develop teamwork and
operations management theory covered within communication skills. Younger pupils can also operate
the GCSE specification. and program the PIP robot, build the buggy, and
receive an introduction to plant protection and
The centre personal protection equipment. The lean
manufacturing module is also very popular.
Land Rover Education Partnership Centre first opened
A really popular add-on is a trip on the
in 1990. It is a fantastic resource within the 300 acre
“driving experience”. College staff and students can
site of the Land Rover manufacturing facility in
book the driving experience for significantly reduced
Solihull. Each visitor experiences a full factory tour
rates and see the true capabilities of the vehicles on
lasting about two hours. However if you book a full
the off-the-road track.
day, students take part in a supporting curriculum
activity after lunch. Land Rover can also arrange for The students from Polesworth participated
guest speakers from within the company to come in really well in the afternoon activity. You could see the
and talk on particular subjects. students applying the theory they had learnt and seen
in action on the tour.
A typical visit starts with a look at the range
of cars and an account of Land Rover history. The The day at Land Rover can be used to
factory tour covers the press shop, body-in-white support various modules of the business studies
build, trim and final stage, and car despatch, with an curriculum. The tour allows students to see a large-
explanation of right-first-time, just-in-time and lean scale manufacturing plant. The supporting activities in
working. the centre really enhance and reinforce that learning.