In continued efforts to support STEM subjects, TT Electronics Integrated Manufacturing Services (IMS) hosted a group of aspiring engineering students at its Fairford facility (formerly known as New Chapel Electronics). IMS has vast experience in engineering, design and manufacturing technology for the aerospace and defence industry – an industry that provides 59,000 direct jobs in the South West of England alone.
On April 15th, STEMworks, a non-profit company based in Gloucestershire, brought together six students from Stratton and North Cerney primary schools to promote the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  During their visit to the IMS facility in Fairford, students toured a leading aerospace technology company in their own hometown, developed their skills in computer-aided design by using CAD tools and proved their competence by making specialised multi-core cables.
Earlier this year, TT Electronics-IMS announced that its Fairford facility received Nadcap accreditation for Electronics Cable and Harness Assemblies (AC7121). With the recent award in its Fairford facility, TT Electronics-IMS is now one of only two companies in Europe to hold Nadcap certifications for both printed circuit board assembly (AC7120) and cable harness assembly (AC7121). IMS attributes its success in developing business with many of the world’s leading aerospace and defence companies to a culture grounded by innovation, partnership, and continuous improvement.
“We are proud to welcome students from the Gloucestershire area to our factory again this year,” said Mark Cook, TT Electronics-IMS site director. “IMS is committed to partnering with educational institutions in order to foster the development of tomorrow’s engineering leaders.”
Working in partnership with GFirst LEP and various local companies, STEMworks has delivered practical computing workshops in 40 primary schools across Gloucestershire. During the project, over 2,000 students were given the opportunity to learn about computing in business and more than 1,200 students participated in the process of building and programming robots.