On Monday 8th October, 11 Geology and 10 Environmental Sustainability students had the opportunity to visit Ibstock Ashdown on Turkey Road in Bexhill.
The day started with a presentation in College from three members of staff at the site; Russell Levell (Factory Manager), Shaun Sillince (Technical Manager) and Conrad Tatner (Factory Technical Assistant). They talked about the history of the site, the palaeontology on this site and gave a business update. They also explained the process from quarry to lorry and environmental and energy considerations related to this industry. This was directly linked to what the students need to know for their courses.
Students and staff were then kitted out in PPE including hard hats, safety spectacles, ear defenders and hi-vis vests ready for a trip to the site. Whilst there, they had a tour of both the quarry and the factory, accompanied by more staff from Ibstock Ashdown. They were able to see where the clay and sand for the bricks are extracted from and the machinery used, as well as the stages in the process making the bricks, including the kiln and packing process. Ibstock make a wide range of products including handmade speciality bricks.
It was really interesting and informative and students were able to discuss the operation with staff during their time there.
A huge thank you to all staff involved from Ibstock Ashdown who gave the students their valuable time.
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