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Hydraulics Training Partnership with the JCB Academy

Hydraulic training is very close to Parker’s heart. For years, there has been a shortage of emerging engineering talent in UK industry. Parker worked with education experts at The JCB Academy to develop a new, interactive hydraulic training facility for apprentices and students. The aim is to inspire young people and encourage them to pursue an engineering career.


About The JCB Academy 

The JCB Academy is an exciting school for students from the age of 14 who are interested in business and engineering. It was the first university technical college in the UK - a brand new kind of school in the United Kingdom, focused on delivering high-quality engineering and business education. 

The academy’s curriculum and learning techniques allow students to combine theory with practical activities and put learning into practice in purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities. 


Partnering Parker 

The academy has had links with Parker for several years. In 2014, the partners discussed opportunities to give students more hands-on hydraulics experience. Parker agreed to donate a hydraulic training rig, with a view to boosting the academy’s fluid power curriculum. 

As work progressed, both partners saw potential for an even bigger and better project. This led to a meeting with the principal and board of governors, and together the partners sketched ideas for a whole new learning space. 

There was also input from students and teachers. The students wanted to be challenged and asked questions, in ways that suited their own specific age group. So Parker’s project team developed new content to meet the students’ needs. Inside the new learning space The new space allows students to see and test how hydraulic, electrical and fluid power works. There are interactive surfaces that light up, and group challenges and questions to complete. 

Key elements include: 

- A snooker cue with cylinders to show the flexibility of fluid power 

- An interactive bench that shows how fluid, mechanical and electrical power relate to each other 

- A piston push test that shows Pascal’s hydraulic jack principle 

- A hydraulic nutcracker that demonstrates how force is applied 

- Graphic walls showing key people and events that shaped hydraulics through the ages 

- A large whiteboard that doubles up as a video screen

  • Launch Event Video

    Joachim Guhe, Parker’s president – EMEA, officially opened the new training area on 10 March 2015, as part of the academy’s National Apprenticeship Week programme. Industry leaders, academy governors, apprentices, students and journalists attended the launch and tried out the equipment.

  • Early Lessons From The JCB Academy Partnership

    A specialist hydraulic engineering training facility, launched by The JCB Academy and Parker Hannifin in March 2015, is teaching young UK engineers valuable lessons in how fluid power works.

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