Local school students from Netherhall Learning Campus in Huddersfield recently spent an exciting week with us shadowing our design, visualisation and events teams and one of them designed our latest 3M BIC promotional giveaway.
Our CEO, Sue Cooke, has been volunteering as an Enterprise Adviser helping Netherhall Learning Campus to improve its careers and enterprise offering to students, raising aspirations and providing inspiring opportunities for work experience and insights to the world of work.
With interests in game design, video editing and graphic design, Tyler spent a week shadowing our design and visualisation team. While Tyler was here, he was given a brief to develop a promotional giveaway that reflected the 3M BIC as a centre of enterprise and innovation and encompassed our expertise such as 3D printing.
Tyler designed a graphic of the 3M BIC building and, working with our design and visualisation consultant, Paul Tallon, turned it into CAD files. Our technical assistant, Steve Knowles, then laser etched the design onto acrylic which was then cut to size. Around 30 cut outs were made, as well as stands to display the giveaway.
The 3M BIC building models will be displayed at events we attend, as well as given to international visitors to the centre as a keepsake.
During his placement, Tyler also had the opportunity to work with 3D printers, creating some miniature figures, laser cutting, as well as laser-etching signs.
Tyler was impressed with his visit to Canalside Studios at the University of Huddersfield where he met with games design businesses on their placement year. He also visited the new Barbara Hepworth building on campus which houses the Art, Design and Architecture school, and was introduced to students, including those studying games design, and business advisors from The Enterprise Hub, which is based in the 3M BIC.
Tyler is already making his mark in the gaming industry having landed an opportunity to design playable characters for an American games company that creates a well-known computer game. Tyler hopes to pursue a career in games design when he has finished his studies.
Commenting on his placement, Tyler said: “I really enjoyed my week at the 3M BIC. It gave me a good insight into working life, such as having to use buses and plan my routes to get to work. I also learnt how to use certain machines and their safety procedures and how to draw in different perspectives. One particular highlight was speaking to the indie games developers at the University.”
3M BIC CEO Sue Cooke, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Sarah Timberley, the Business Engagement Manager at Netherhall Learning Campus, for arranging the student work experience and hope the week spent with the 3M BIC team was enjoyable It was a pleasure having the students around and we look forward to seeing their careers progress in the high tech industries of the future.”