The JCB Challenge is an engineering project undertaken by Year 10 learners at The JCB Academy. This collaborative initiative involves JCB and is led by JCB graduate employees and academy engineering teaching staff. The challenge takes place on a weekly basis as part of the ‘Engineering Maintenance’ module that the learners undertake during their engineering qualification.
During the challenge, learners are assigned a variety of classroom tasks and compete in groups for a chance to reach the grand finale held at JCB’s World Headquarters. At the final event, six teams, each comprising six learners, are presented with the task of designing and constructing prototype JCB Loadall telescopic handler cabs and attachments using cardboard. These prototypes are then subjected to a series of races and tests.
Additionally, the JCB graduates organise a series of career talks throughout the day to showcase the numerous opportunities available to engineers. The learners also have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of The Story of JCB and witness a live demonstration of a JCB Loadall.