Priestley has invested in industry-standard 3D printing /rapid prototyping and CNC machinery, which allowed the students to produce professional results that would otherwise have been too time-consuming to manufacture.
“Our students are developing skills that industry professionals value, which ultimately makes them very employable after Priestley,” said Tutor Mark Eccleston.
“This kind of ‘live brief’ is also an invaluable opportunity for the students whose work always impresses the event organisers.”
This year Danny Hudson and Latham Parry, both of Watson’s Solicitors who are involved in organising the business awards, selected the winning designs and discussed the students’ ideas.
The AS Product Design & Technology students had been working on their prototypes since January and used the award category titles as inspiration for their trophies.
They also met event sponsors at a launch event held at The Village Hotel.
“When our students progress on to Higher Education and / or apprenticeships they always receive extremely positive feedback about their involvement with the Warrington Business Awards and working with a real client,” said Mark.
“It crosses the bridge of having qualifications with experience in the design world and is invaluable experience for our students.”