​Hands On for Girl’s School at RML Wales & West

When the Assistant Head Teacher at Lewis Girls School wanted to bring a group of schoolgirls to RML’s Wales and West factory for Make UK’s National Manufacturing Day, Branch Manager Julian Caudle, Head of Timber Frame James Stanbridge and Director of QESH Matt Davies decided that we should make the tour as interactive as possible.

So it was this morning that, after an initial introduction to the business, the adventure began!

All in the appropriate PPE, and backed by the right risk assessments of course, the tour began with exploring our show home area, where all the benefits of Timber Frame construction were demonstrated. Moving on, the truss press has been carefully set with timber squares to that the girls could all have a go on the machinery for themselves.

Next the group moved on to the yard before coming back inside to one of the benches, where sample materials were ready to allow the group to all have a go using the nailers and staplers.

The last practical part of the tour was watching a demonstration of our large scale industrial saws.

Moving back to the boardroom, there was time for the group to ask questions of our teams.

Clearly RML had sparked a few imaginations, and the RML team took questions about what qualifications were needed to work in the industry, salary expectations, as well as what the gender balance in the business and in construction in general.

James Stanbridge was delighted with how the tour went: “We’ve never done a site tour for a group of schoolchildren before and their interest in what we do at RML, as well as how we do it, was really rather inspiring. I hope we have given the girls an interesting day and opened eyes to some of the opportunities that lie in manufacturing within construction.”

If you have a development project you’d like to talk to our timber frame team about, email sales@rmuk.co.uk or call us on 01933 279597.