Year twelve students from Sale Grammar School have impressed with their product design skills, during a recent visit to Manchester-based Unibox. Having created products using donated materials from the retail and exhibition display manufacturer, students from Sale Grammar put their coursework to the test by having it critiqued by Unibox Managing Director, Nick Wraith.

After passing judgement on the students’ design and manufacturing abilities, hepraised the level of technical aptitude on display, commenting: “I was particularly impressed with the range of techniques showed by the students, and how they’ve used CAD software and various machinery, manipulating materials to create a tangible product. It’s a testament to the school that the skills these students are being taught mirror very similar practices that we use in industry. I hope the students will be encouraged from their visit, not only because they’ve created some very well thought-out products, but because these skills will help them when they eventually enter the job market.”

Faculty Leader, Sarah Booth explained that the students would use feedback from the visit in their coursework, adding: “Links between industry and education are vital, especially for an A-level course such as Product Design. By visiting Unibox the Year 12 students not only get the opportunity to see the manufacture of a range of products, but they also get a third party client feedback on the products they have designed. On return to the school, the students are able to evaluate their products constructively and use the manufacturing information they have gathered to help demonstrate their increased understanding in their written examination.”