Creative upcycling with Veka UK Group

Veka UK Group has been helping students at a local Sixth Form get ‘hands on’ with creative engineering.

Mark Jones and Ben Kenny from Veka UK Group’s maintenance department have been assisting with the Thomas Whitham Sixth Form STEM project which involved students recycling bicycles into a range of creative new items.

‘Renovate-Innovate-Create’ were the aims of the four-day programme where students were tasked with dismantling a bicycle and documenting the process before re-building it back to working order. They were then able to dismantle it once again and work with the Veka UK Group team for a day to design and build some imaginative new products.

Veka UK Group maintenance manager, Mark Jones, said: “STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and we’re proud to work with a number of local schools and colleges to encourage students to explore these subjects in an exciting and creative way.

“Ben and I, along with Gareth Singleton from Engineering Solutions, had a great time with the students at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form on the STEM project they were running, and I think it helped build upon some really important skills. Participants had to work with a number of different materials seeing how they can be utilised and joined together, they learned about a variety of mechanisms, the value of recycling and re-using, as well as having to work closely together in teams.”

It is not the first time that Veka UK Group has partnered with schools and colleges across the region. Mark Jones and his team have also been involved with the Primary Engineer Project, visiting a primary school in Burnley on a weekly basis to support teachers in introducing the children to simple design and engineering techniques.

Veka also initiated a community challenge last year which involved the team transform a dilapidated bus into an inspirational reading space for another local primary school, spending 750 volunteer hours on the project.

The company is said to be very proud of its Lancashire roots – with the majority of its 380-strong staff living within the local BB postcode.