The Prince’s Trust visits Ocado Engineering
Earlier in August, Ocado Engineering was delighted to welcome a group of visitors from the Prince’s Trust for an insightful view into the world of engineering at Ocado. The Prince’s Trust believes every young person should have the chance to succeed. They help 11 to 30 years-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Last year they helped more than 56,000 young people turn their lives around and their work has generated £1.4 billion of value to society over the last 10 years alone.
Among the visitors was a group of young people aged between 16 and 21 who had recently completed the Trust’s “Get Started with Robotics” course. The youngsters got an introduction to Ocado Engineering, the career paths available to them at Ocado, and experienced first-hand what our engineers are working on.
The group (pictured below) had just completed a week’s course focused on building robots from scratch, and then conducting an all out robot assault course challenge. The course aims to provide several practical and transferable skills that participants can reuse in the workforce.
The visit started with Simon Procter, from Procter Learning Technologies, giving advice on how to generally apply for jobs and sharing tidbits from his years of experience in the engineering industry.
Three engineering managers from Ocado Engineering then explained a little more about what they do and how they ended up working for the world’s largest online only grocery retailer. They also shared personal stories from their exciting careers, with the aim to provide inspiration for the youngsters’ next steps!
We ended the day with a tour of the highly-automated Ocado warehouse in Hatfield which is equivalent to 11 football pitches in size and stands 20 meters tall.
Rashaan, one of the young people visiting, said: “The trip to Ocado was very interesting to me and speaking to people in the industry was helpful as it showed me the multiple ways that I could get into engineering.”
Ocado Engineering’s Central Automation Engineering Manager, Steve Dunkley, greatly enjoyed the day saying: “Ocado Engineering constantly attracts some of the best talent in the industry and we need to maintain a healthy supply of engineers entering the workforce. It was fantastic to see the passion and interest in engineering upon meeting this great group of young people. I hope to see more like them in the future.”
Lucy Carr-Archer, Marketing Communications Executive