Students design lorries of the future at CV Show Make It Enterprise Challenge

Dozens of Year 9 school students from the West Midlands battled it out again at the CV Show Make It Enterprise Challenge. Their task? To design a lorry for the future.

Grouped into teams of four, the students set up their own companies taking on roles to oversee, design, build and market their truck.

The teams then pitched their plans to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel made up of show partners, representatives from the industry and the trade press.

Now in its fourth year, the theme for this year’s Make It Challenge was the environment, so alternative fuels were a key feature in their designs.

RHA chief executive and one of the dragons, Richard Burnett said: “Many of the students we met see their future in technology-focused sectors but I doubt that they had considered a career in haulage and logistics. The Make It Challenge has shown that this sector offers a wide range of great job opportunities and I am encouraged that several of the students, boys and girls, are keen to find out more about a career in the industry.

“Although the dust has yet to settle on this year’s event, we are already planning next year’s Challenge. It’s interesting, it’s fun and it’s great for the future of the industry on which the entire economy relies.”

Chief ‘Dragon’, Ian Jones of solicitors Backhouse Jones said: “It’s great working with the students again. Seeing their enthusiasm and innovative ideas gives me great confidence that we’ve inspired some of them to come into the industry.”

Winning teams came from Coleshill School and Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy. Students from Rockwood Academy also took part in the challenge.