Vauxhall goes back to school

There’s no harm in starting them young…

Vauxhall appear to agree. Undergraduate staff from the manufacturer visited Barnfield West Academy last Tuesday, with the team taking a group of forty Year 8 students on a fun-filled day of automotive goodness.

Vauxhall’s undergraduates have created a community-based project called Griffin’s Den, which has been crafted to teach children about the auto industry.

The aim of the project is to inspire schoolchildren to possible pursue a future in the car industry, showing them the different roles they could possibly occupy.

The diverse range of projects available included business tasks such as familiarising children with marketing strategies, and creative opportunities such as letting children design their own concept car.

Seven teams of children were organised, each with their own Vauxhall Undergraduate. The final task was for each group to perform a presentation of their ideas to a panel of Vauxhall Griffins, who judges the teams on creativity, analytical skills and overall presentation skills.

In the end the contest was won by Team Vivaro, who created a spin-off version of the popular van. They were awarded a Vauxhall goody bag for their efforts.

Griffins Den is just one example of the manufacturer’s commitment to helping youg people enter the car industry. The manufacturer employs more than 100 undergraduates to its programme, and has 75 directly employed apprentices.

Barnfield West’s Head of Careers, Pam Chandler, was delighted with the Griffin’s Den programme, commenting: “All the students found the whole day engaging and enjoyable – a big thank you to Vauxhall!”

The Vivaro van, which the winning team based its presentation on, is one of the most economic vans on the market. The ecoFLEX version, for instance, recently triumphed in the Fleet World MPG marathon.

A new Vauxhall Vivaro van is available from £19,048.33.