The Arden Group is advancing its digitalisation journey with the support of four interns from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
Arden is taking part in the Digital Technology Internship Scheme organised by Made Smarter – a Government funded scheme to support SME manufacturers in the North West to adopt digital technology to drive growth.
The four Masters students are working on live projects within our Software, Dies and Engraving divisions to gain hands-on industry experience and support our digital strategy.
Arden Software is benefitting from the expertise of Segun Akin-Olugbade, who’s studying for a Masters in Industrial Digitalisation, and Jeff Merlehan, a Masters student in Computing.
They’re both working with our WEBcnx project management software on the development of a new die-shop solution to automate manufacturing processes and workflow within our die-making division.
Martin Poynter, Managing Director at the Arden Group, said: “The Arden Group has always been at the forefront of technical innovation and we’re committed to continual investment in the latest technologies to enable us to deliver the highest quality and most innovative products for our customers, so we’re delighted to welcome our new interns who will further support our digitalisation strategy.
“The internship scheme from Made Smarter is a fantastic initiative that provides the students with valuable practical experience within the industry, while for organisations like ourselves we can benefit from their expertise as we adopt new and emerging technologies into our workflow.”
Segun has a background in Automotive Design and Automotive Engineering and undertook a Masters at MMU to broaden his CAD expertise, which spans surface and solid modelling to visualisation and augmented and virtual reality.
He said: “It’s been an exciting time at MMU extending my skills in these areas and also learning about digital transformation, but even more exciting to gain on the job experience even before the course is complete.
“I look forward to supporting further development of WEBcnx all the while learning more than an academic-only course could teach me.”
Computing Masters student Jeff added: “I’m delighted to take part in the Made Smarter initiative and get experience within a new industry. The opportunity to work with Arden and the projects they have in store will be a fantastic platform to develop my skills and to create connections. I’m eager to begin what I think will be a very exciting period for both Arden and myself.”
The internships started this month (March) and will run until October.