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Engineering learners present transformative ideas to Cycle-R

Category: News
Posted: June 13, 2018

After months of hard work, learners who are soon to complete Level 3 engineering qualifications at South Staffordshire College’s Tamworth Campus have had the opportunity to showcase their revolutionary cycling product concepts to Cannock based Charity ‘Cycle-R’.

The learners, Joseph Hughes, Ben Jones, George Baxter, Jordan Bernard and James Taylor, developed their engineering concepts as part of their final College project and on Wednesday 2nd May they visited Chase Leisure Centre to officially unveil their ideas.


Using the facilities at the College’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Hub in Tamworth, the learners researched existing products and produced design specifications, sketches and prototypes before creating their final product.

From ergonomic handlebars for disabled users to suspension systems and safety features such as roll cages, each learner used the engineering expertise they have developed whilst studying at the College to deliver products that are intended not only to transform the products themselves but also the lives of those who would be using them.

Established 5 years ago, Cycle-R was initially established to try and provide people who were on low incomes with low cost transport, but quickly grew beyond that. They have since developed a project around disabled adapted bikes, which fuelled the concepts behind many of the learners ideas. Ben Jones, who created a suspension system for the inclusive off-road cycle spoke after his presentation to say “My project was a great achievement for me, especially as it was for a charitable cause.”

As well as ideas intended to make cycling more accessible, the learners also focussed on delivering concepts with environmental and sustainable benefits. James Taylor, who developed a tyre stripping product said “Over 7 million bicycle tyres are wasted every year with the majority going to scrap heaps. With this particular concept, we are hoping to reduce that number and recycle them by repurposing them. I feel my concept is extremely worthwhile as it would contribute towards helping the environment.”

Now planning to progress onto a higher apprenticeship in engineering, James added “my ideas were facilitated by my supportive teachers and by having external access to industry professionals Cycle-R, who have worked closely with us and made constant efforts to help us keep on track with our concepts. I’d like to thank them for their support.”

Having worked alongside the learners throughout the project, Cycle-R were thrilled to be able to play a part in the learner’s final presentation, and speaking on their behalf, Trustee Russ Taylor said “The students have been very creative with their projects, they’ve come up with some very good concepts and bounced ideas of each other. The idea’s were very well researched and we are looking forward to coming back next year.”

As well as providing people on low incomes with access to low cost transport, Cycle-R also help to get people into work by providing training using the model of a bicycle shop. From bicycle mechanics, business administration and finance to retail skills, warehousing and ICT, South Staffordshire College support the charity in some of this training and are delighted to be working with such a worthwhile charity.

Would you like a career in the booming engineering industry? Engineering technology plays a vital role in driving the UK economy and opportunities in this £486 billion industry are more innovative than ever. Whether you want a future in aerospace engineering or robotics, automotive engineering or electronics, the demand for highly skilled and qualified workers is increasing year on year. In the next decade it’s been projected that the continued growth of the industry will create over 2.5 million jobs, so there’s never been a better time to train.

South Staffordshire College offer a wide range of engineering qualifications, including diplomas, apprenticeships and university level courses. To find the right one for you visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk or call the College’s expert team on 0300 456 2424.

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