25 Mar Inspiring the next generation

Foundry Training Services Ltd (FTSL), not only keep their apprentices on track but also begin to work with local schools to encourage a new generation into the industry.

The expertise, passion and dedication of our FTSL tutors spoke volumes when FTSL were approached by the Black Country Living Museum to support their Manufacturing at Work Project with local schools.  The project was an exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate our high level of expertise and present casting as a route to manufacture.

The two-day event involved 120 children, with an age range of 7-15, attending to learn about various roles within the manufacturing industry with all the children coming from local main stream and SEND schools.

The Casting the Future Foundry Kit was used to demonstrate casting and the casting process and the children had the opportunity to cast their own spanner, anchor or mini anvil in lead-free pewter.

This was a very successful event which was thoroughly enjoyed, not only by the tutors from FTSL, but more importantly by the children and their teachers who were also encouraged to ‘have a go’.

We hope that we have helped inspire some of the youngsters to consider a career in manufacturing and even in the foundry industry – perhaps some may be part of the future generation of apprentices through the National Foundry Training Centre.

Angela Mason
Angela Mason
angelamason@cmfed.co.uk