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Students Experience Theory in Practice

Students from Durham Johnston School were today able to experience the reality of 21st century manufacturing as part of their GCSE Business Studies course.

The visit has become an annual event in the course program with Students enjoying a guided tour of the company facilities and an interactive session covering Business Strategy, Health & Safety, Quality, Stock Control and Company Structure.

Business Studies Teacher, David Martindale, commented "Durham Johnston School have had a link with Cottam Brush for several years. Our students study methods of production and quality control as part of their GCSE Business Studies course and Cottam Brush have been very supportive in showing small groups of students how production and quality control is organised in the real world.  
Studying text books is a useful source of information but we believe it is vital for young people to see for themselves how things are made. Cottam Brush is an ideal modern facility to see a range of products being made and how quality and stock is controlled. 
The staff are always very welcoming and informative and our students always leave with a much clearer insight into and a much more positive view of modern British manufacturing."

For Cottam these visits are equally important.  Manufacturing Director, Alan Crook, explained "Its important for all businesses to have links with the workforce of tomorrow, but this is particularly true for manufacturing companies.  Opening our doors to students enables us to dispel some of the myths about manufacturing.  We operate a clean and efficient factory and visitors are always surprised by how pleasant the working environment is.  Our team enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills with the students and its great to see the pride with which people talk about their roles.  The students from Durham Johntson have always been a credit to their school, and we're delighted to keep welcoming them each year."

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