Engineering Academy

Would-be engineers at The Sixth Form College, Solihull visited PM Group’s Solihull offices this week to undertake a challenge set by the engineering design, architecture, project and construction management firm.


Martin Murphy, Project Manager at PM Group, set students in the College’s Engineering Academy a project to design a kiosk. The students were asked to present their ideas for how this kiosk would be used and to explain how they would construct it and what it would cost. The students worked on the project in groups and then presented their ideas at PM Group’s offices near Birmingham International this week.

The ideas that students came up with for their kiosks included a place to sell sushi, an educational hub for developing African countries and a virtual reality kiosk. Their presentations showed drawings of their designs, information on the materials they would use to construct the kiosks and an explanation of how the kiosks would be used if they were made.

PM Group Project Manager Martin Murphy commented:

“The students had all put a lot of effort into a varied range of technical and costed responses to the Challenge. We were delighted with the quality of the designs and presentations and are sure they will benefit from the experience and constructive feedback given. PM Group continues to encourage boys and girls of all backgrounds into what we know will be exciting and rewarding careers in Engineering.”

Peter Grime, Curriculum Leader for Mathematics and the Co-ordinator for the Engineering Academy, added:

“We are very grateful to PM Group for giving up their valuable time to help our students. It was a great experience for them to see how a real firm operates and to be set such an interesting challenge. This is the fourth year that PM Group have supported our engineering enrichment and it is gratifying to hear that some of the students who have benefited in the past have returned to PM Group to complete work experience and internships. I hope some of this year’s Engineering Academy students will also take up that opportunity.”

This association with PM Group follows hot on the heels of work that the students have completed with Coventry University. The students participated in a series of practical workshops with the university, which each tackled a slightly different aspect of engineering, but which all had humanitarian applications.

18 March 2016