RVS gives secondary school pupils taste of life as a waste operative

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Paul Brown, commercial director, Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS), recently spent the day giving ‘live’ refuse vehicle technology demonstrations to pupils at a local secondary school as part of a careers fair focused around science, technology, electronics and maths (STEM) subjects.

Gloucestershire-based RVS brought along a Dennis Olympus 6x2 Rear Steer with Terberg automatic lift, as well as one of its service vans, to assist with its presentations at Rednock Secondary School and the refuse truck proved to be one of career fair's most popular attractions.

Tim Justice, careers advisor, Rednock School, said: “RVS proved to be a huge hit with our Year 10 pupils. We were all surprised to learn about the level of engineering, design technology and maths that goes into creating and operating waste lorries. The students really benefited from seeing a real-life application of what they are learning in the classroom, making the link to machinery that we all rely on to do a vital job in our communities.”

Brown said: “The students seemed genuinely interested in what we were showing them. We have always been impressed with the school and we currently employ four ex-pupils as apprentice mechanics.”

Justice added: “The style of the presentation from RVS, using real trucks, was fun and really engaged students who prefer hands-on learning. When I visited RVS's premises recently I was so pleased to see at least three familiar faces - ex-pupils who are now apprentices at the company. We need more businesses to look at taking on apprentices especially with the introduction of the new apprentice levy.”

The Careers Day at Rednock involved demonstrations by local companies involved in virtual reality, DNA technology, construction and law. The University of Bristol carried out science experiments and mini challenges with the teenagers like making paddleboats out of elastic bands and spoons, while the University of Gloucestershire carried out virtual reality tours.

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