Monday, 16 September 2013

In the eye of the beholder...

It is unbelievable how many people find it difficult to represents a simple drawing of any object

placed in front of them, therefore all the ladies today were asked to sketch the side view of our CH701.

For a lot them, this was a struggle. I then asked everyone to help draw it up on the white board together and realised how easy it became for all.

A lot more effort was then made to do more, the whole desire to make it a reality was very pleasing.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Learning by doing

This morning four of the apprentices are operating the plasma to produce 40 new fence posts.

All loading, unloading and button pushing including Gantry clearance moments are carried out by the girls in turn.

Learning to make things and to operate complex machinery is all part of the learning to work and take responsibility that Avtech is all about.

Of course the programming and mathematics of the machine will come later on in their training.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

And then there was 10....

For the first we have taken a large number of apprentices, eleven young ladies into the academy at the same time.

We took a slightly larger number knowing that, not everyone of them would make it through to the end of the four year training successfully.

Today, one of the girls decided to go back and write remedial exams in order to go into nursing.

When we heard the news and knowing that this young lady is very able and is doing very well at the academy, we wanted to know more about the decision but she said she would rather put it in writing so, this is what she wrote;

Lydia heads to Germany

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

By the numbers....

We have quickly discovered that, the new ladies have lots of holes in their education and this week, we realised that, they lack the basics with numbers.

Today we went back to those basics like, place value and rounding of numbers.

These young ladies all use numbers everyday and yet have not realised how important it is to know to carry out even simple mathematical arithmetic without the use of calculators.

They have only been here just a little under three weeks and are beginning to gain the understanding of numbers. We are winning and moving forward sustainably.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Cogs in the machine.....

The girls are learning about cogs, pinions, gears and moving parts.   They have been learning through

dance and making things such as this demonstration cog plate.