By Moksha Patel
On 11th March approximately 50 students, including me, visited Jaguar, Land Rover in Solihull. Students had departed school at 7.30, bright and early in the morning. Everyone was looking forward to an exciting day ahead. We were in Birmingham in no time. Honestly, it didn't feel like 2 hours at all. After we were in the building, we all seated ourselves in the spacious classroom. To start with, we had a brief presentation about the company and the 300-acre site! Along with that, we learnt some fun facts and a bit of history about the various models and future goals of the company. Currently, Jaguar, Land Rover is owned by Tata, an Indian company.
Afterwards, everyone was split into 4 groups, where half of the pupils completed mini engineering activities and the other half took a guided tour around the site.
We travelled around the site in minibuses, as the manufacturing plant was enormous. Assisting us were experienced workers, who answered our questions and toured us around. The machinery was fascinating and it was an amazing experience to see so much automation in the factories.
After the first half of the day, everyone came back to the classroom for lunch. Then we proceeded with our next activities. Our first activity was to manufacture mini trolleys and deliver them on time. This helped us learn about the importance of lean manufacturing and we also developed our teamworking skills along the way. Our final challenge was to create a one-wheel vehicle in 10 minutes! We had to compete in a relay race with our product, balancing a cup of water. It was quite difficult when the wind and rain weren't cooperating, but in the end, my group won. At the end of the day, we were all exhausted but we had thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience.