Castleford Academy design students take a trip to Ardagh Group

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Design students stepped out of the class room into the world of business when they visited the Ardagh Group site.

Teenagers on the GCSE product design course at Castleford Academy were given an insight into the creative and structural processes behind the design of glass bottles and jars.

They were given a tour of the factory by project engineer and energy officer Aston Fuller, who provided background on the Knottingley company’s European operations and presented a number of case studies on the design and production of bottles for Ardagh’s customers.

Sharon Crayton, head of marketing, also spoke to the students about how consumers are attracted to glass and how it offers countless design possibilities.

Mr Fuller said: “We are very keen to showcase our operation to people in the local community, and particularly local schools, whose pupils should be aware not only of the contribution we make to the local economy, but of potential career opportunities.”

The visit was organised by Jon Gardham from the academy.

He said: “I was keen to show them how a manufacturing business on their doorstep is using state of the art technology and management systems to produce world class products.”