Renishaw Business Case Study

Renishaw Business Case Study

Renishaw partnered Marling School, Gloucestershire as part of the  initial pilot programme launched in October 2013 and  completed in May 2014.

“By empowering D&T teachers with skills relevant to our business, both at our sites and through regional training, we are looking to make young people aware of the opportunities there are within our business when they have the right skills and aptitude.” - Prof. Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director, Renishaw

Marling school’s teachers’ skills development focused on computer programming, advanced electrical & electronic systems, using intelligence in products.

Three engineers from  Renishaw supported the school staff in delivering a project to Y8 pupils, which was to design and make a robot ‘buggy’ that could be programmed for controlled movement.  The project also aimed to develop students’ skills inself-management, determination, creativity and risk-taking which were qualities, identified by the business,  as important in new recruits.


Business coaches reported:

  • learning new skills in both coaching and working with young people
  • significantly increased understanding of D&T
  • developing some additional skills themselves in buggy building and programming

“..enjoyed opportunity to work on a different project and to see children get excited about engineering.

Teachers reported:

  • new knowledge and skills, particularly related to computer-programming
  • increased skills in creative lesson planning linked to curriculum & business needs; giving careers advice 
  • benefits including increased confidence; career progression opportunities; working as a team and  with external people; learning from both colleagues and pupils; greater D&T profile in school

“Brilliant programme and support element is very important.”


Pupils’ surveys showed:

  • 86% found project interesting
  • 90% have used new skills
  • 81% enjoyed working with business
  • 71% enjoy studying D&T

“I really enjoyed the project: because of it I might look at going into DT later on.”


Note: 3 engineers supported the project; 4 school staff supported delivery; 46 pupils were surveyed.