Leading national engineering specialist SES Engineering Services (SES) opened the doors of its award-winning offsite manufacturing facility, Prism to students from Applefields School, York, yesterday (19th March), to help encourage them into a career in engineering.
To celebrate Open Doors Week (18th-23rd March), the firm is welcoming the public into its dedicated Prism facility for the very first time, to learn more about offsite manufacturing and the role it plays in mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering.
The week kicked off with a visit from seven design & technology students with learning disabilities, from Applefields School. The pupils, all aged between 16 -18, spent the day learning about how the factory makes its engineering components, as well as taking part in a build activity which saw them create modules for themselves, and exploring the benefits of using VR technology.
Annika Hatfield, Teacher, Applefields School commented:
“A huge thank you to the team at Prism Offsite Manufacturing who have welcomed us and opened their doors to our students today. It was fantastic to see them show so much enthusiasm for the visit. They benefited from having the opportunity to build modules and get their hands on the actual building parts. They also immersed themselves in the world of virtual reality, which gave them an additional new experience within the world of construction.”
SES will open its Prism facility again to the public on 21 March, with people of all ages welcome to come and learn about offsite manufacturing and the work the Prism team undertake, creating prefabricated M&E works for some of the country’s most exciting developments.
Initially opened in 2007 with only 10 staff, the York-based Prism facility has grown year-on-year to become a £6m turnover business with a 45-strong team. The factory is at the forefront of offsite modular and prefabricated innovation in the UK, winning its fourth consecutive Offsite Award for Best Use of MEP & Pod Technology earlier this month.
Lewis Jones, General Manager, Prism Offsite Manufacturing said:
“We work hard to continuously innovate in offsite manufacturing and this event was a fantastic opportunity for Applefields students to learn more about what we do here and hopefully encourage more young people to consider careers in engineering.
“Engineering is a vastly diverse and rewarding sector and through initiatives like Open Doors Week, we hope to showcase the many different aspects of offsite manufacturing. We welcome all to come down and visit us on our open days to see first-hand how we’re spearheading offsite innovation right here in York.”