Students look into the future with Glass Futures

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, in St Helens, recently welcomed Glass Futures to work with their Year 9 students in an engaging session with Virtual Reality technology. 

The session was part of an ongoing project by Glass Futures, working with secondary schools across St Helens. 

Glass Futures is a not-for-profit membership R&D and training organisation, and their mission is to enable a collaborative approach to innovation in the global glass sector. 

The latest session showed this through the use of fun VR headsets, showing the production processes that go into making glass bottles. 

Student in VR set.

They also discussed a variety of topics with the group, including Engineering career pathways, skills that are needed, and the wide-range of opportunities out there. 

With its community, and the young people of St Helens, Glass Futures is also allowing students to get involved with other hands-on projects that look at the extended value chain and identify the best ways to benefit its members, the environment and wider community. 

Mr Holland, Assistant Headteacher for Academic and Personal Development at St Cuthbert’s, said: “This is what it’s all about – giving our young people and future generations the kind of opportunities we haven’t had in our borough for far too long. 

“Glass Futures and the many more companies just like them are really opening doors to new careers as well as ambitions and it is great to see!” 

Grace Babalola, a Process Engineer for Glass Futures, said: “These projects are all about students learning new things and being comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

“It’s shown as they are put into real-life scenarios, shown new areas of work, they never knew existed, and meet new people.” 

In their next meeting, St Cuthbert’s students will attend The World of Glass to see how glass is made. 

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