We are delighted to announce the launch of a new course for 11-19 Desgin Technology teachers at WHS Plastics Larkhall.  The Scotland Polymer Study Tour will take place on 31 May and 1 June.

WHS Plastics have been operating as family run company since 1933 and they specialise in cutting-edge injection moulding, painting and assembly processes. The course starts on Friday morning with an introduction to the company followed by tours of the site.  After lunch we will look in-depth at the structure, properties and processing of polymers to help boost your subject knowledge before heading to our hotel for the night.  On the second day, you will have the chance to get involved with a range of practical activities to bring the polymer aspects of the curriculum to life and an exploration of plastics and the environment. We will conclude with an important session, led by a practicing teacher, on how you can use the information from the course in your lessons.

What will the course cover?

The Scotland Tour runs on Friday and Saturday so you only need to take one day out of schools and the typical timetable shown here.

Day 1 - Friday
1000     Arrival at WHS Plastics and refreshments
1030     Welcome and introductions
1045     WHS Plastics – who we are and what we do
1130     Company tours
1330     Lunch
1400     Introduction to polymers: structure, properties, processing and applications (with a mid-session break)
1630     Depart to hotel, check in and get settled
1900     Conference dinner

Day 2 - Saturday
0845     Travel back to WHS Plastics
0915     Introduction to day 2
0930     Polymer practicals (with mid-session break)
1230     Lunch
1315     Polymers and the environment
1400     Product analysis activity
1445     Break
1500     How you can use what you have learnt
1545     Feedback discussion
1600     Course closes and depart

Where will the course be held?

Both days of the course will be based at the WHS Plastics site in Larkhall with overnight accommodation provided in a nearby hotel.

WHS Plastics Larkhall
Baird Avenue, Strutherhill Industrial Estate, Larkhall, ML9 2PJ
You can find out more about the company at https://whs-plastics.com/

After the formal sessions have concluded we will move across to the hotel where we have arranged dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation.  

MacDonald Crutherland House
Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, Glasgow, G75 0QJ
You can find out more about the hotel at https://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/crutherland-house

All refreshments and meals will be provided.  If you are travelling by public transport we will store your bags securely throughout the course and ensure you can get between locations and back to the station.

What about travel arrangements?

We have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to get to and from the course using public transport.  The WHS Plastics site is about 1.5 miles away from Larkhall railway station; a quick taxi ride or maybe even walk.  There is a regular service, every 30 minutes, between Glasgow Central and Larkhall.  If you are travelling by public transport we will arrange your transfers between locations and to the station once the course has finished.

If you would prefer to travel by car the site has great road links and is not far from Junction 8 of the M74.  There is plenty of car parking available at the company site and hotel, though we accept no responsibility for any loss, theft or damage to your vehicle or its contents during the course.


Register for the 2024 Scotland Polymer Study Tour at WHS Plastics Larkhall

31 May & 01 June