Students go behind the scenes at BSI

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Sixty Year 9 students from schools in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire went behind the scenes in December at the British Standards Institution’s Kitemark House in Hemel Hempstead.

BSI, in partnership with the Bucks Skills Hub, invited the 13 and 14-year-olds on the workplace visit to give them a taste of the science behind its product testing laboratory and inspire them about different careers paths. Young people from St Michael’s Catholic School, The Misbourne, and other Hertfordshire schools benefited from the day.

Having listened to careers talks from senior executives to new apprentices, the students then went on a tour of the different product testing areas where they witnessed breathing apparatus being stress-tested, door locks destroyed by would-be burglars, fire extinguishers heated until they exploded and robotic arms opening door handles up to 50,000 times.

Marina Jackson, Under 19 Skills Manager at Bucks Skills Hub, explains: “The BSI Inspiration Day is a great way for young people to gain an insight into STEM careers and experience an engineering-based workplace. It highlighted different routes into careers and the variety of roles available.”

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About BSI:

BSI is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. It has 76 offices worldwide and serves over 80,000 clients in 182 countries. Established in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and works with business experts, government bodies, trade associations and consumer groups to capture best practice and structure the knowledge all organisations need to succeed. At the Hemel Hempstead Centre of Excellence Product Testing Laboratory, Test Engineers put various products (from electrical, construction, medical and environmental) through their paces to ensure they measure up and are fit for purpose.