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The Gateway Learning Community (GLC) is no stranger to innovation and development.
When it became apparent that PPE was in short supply at the start of the lockdown, they set about making their own. Not in a small way but on a production line that is making up to 300 protective visors a day.
To do this the GLC in Chadwell St Mary upgraded its equipment and introduced a brand new laser cutting machine which will not only be used to create PPE but will benefit students when they return to school.
Uncertain times are predicted for young people but using first class equipment will help support their skills and development in design, innovation, manufacturing and production when they get back to school.
The cost of a laser cutting machine is well beyond the reach of many schools but with a long standing partnership The Port Of Tilbury were impressed with how the GLC is managing in these challenging times and were keen to support the team.
Peter Ward, Commercial Director at The Port of Tilbury, said: “Teachers across the country have worked in many different ways, as key workers providing essential support and the GLC team are no exception. We would like to congratulate them on all their hard work with a donation towards the cost of their new laser cutting machine.
“With results for all students arriving on Thursday we wish the GLC team and all the pupils at the school the very best of luck.“