Medical firm backs engineering initiative

Getting into engineering: Students from Brinsworth Academy get some hands-on experience in B Braun's technical services department.
Getting into engineering: Students from Brinsworth Academy get some hands-on experience in B Braun's technical services department.
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Engineering students from Brinsworth Academy of Engineering have had a chance to learn about the cutting edge skills needed to repair and maintain precision surgical instruments and medical equipment.

The group toured purpose-built technical services facilities at B Braun Medical’s headquarters in Chapeltown as part of a Prince’s Trust initiative. The facility is operated by nearly 40 staff, including six instrument repair technicians, with 174 years of experience between them, four medical equipment technicians, and an apprentice technician.

Participants from Brinsworth Academy visited B. Braun Medical as part of the Get into Engineering programme, one of a number of Get into courses run by The Prince’s Trust for young unemployed adults.

Brinsworth Academy business development director, Paul Reeves, said: “It was a great opportunity to demonstrate how employers can get directly involved with our training facility.

“It also provided a fascinating and educational experience for the learners to find out about the intricate and technical side of modern engineering.”

B Braun’s Andrew Pritchard said: “We were very pleased to be able to show the students around and hope it inspires them to further explore the world of – and career opportunities involved in – engineering.”