The pressure of the Dragon’s Den was felt by engineering students from Swindon College recently when they pitched their design ideas to a panel of expert judges.
The students were all finalists in a competition run by Wiltshire-based GWP Packaging.
In February the company challenged them to redesign distribution packaging for local charity Swindon Foodbank. Three teams reached the final to pitch their ideas to the judges.
Judge, Ruth Cook, MD of GWP Packaging said: “We believe it’s really important for young people to have the opportunity to work closely with industry and to gain experience of working in real life situations. We’ve been really impressed by the amount of thought and effort that the students have put in. They have clearly learnt a lot about the principles of packaging design and have come up with some innovative ideas. All the finalists have done very well and it is evident that it’s been a valuable experience for all of them.”
Kevin Eldin, Curriculum Area Manager for Engineering from Swindon College said: “We’re very pleased to be working with GWP on this challenging competition. GWP ran a design workshop for the students that gave them an opportunity to learn first-hand from GWP’s packaging design experts. The finalists have been on a tour of GWP’s design and production facility and have now received valuable experience of presenting their design ideas in person. I’m looking forward to finding out which team has won”.
Prize-giving at Swindon College on 2 May
The winning team’s design will be put into production by GWP and unveiled at a prize-giving event at Swindon College on 2 May. The finished boxes will be presented to Foodbank.
The competition was designed to give the young engineers experience in an industrial environment. The winning team will receive cash prizes, a certificate and a trophy. Following the competition GWP will be offering work experience to two of the students.
Pictured, top: Swindon College engineering student Sam Powers presents his team’s prototype design to judges, left to right, Lee Thompson of Swindon Foodbank, Ruth Cook, Mike Poynter and David Pedley of GWP Group.