We knew from the beginning that our program had to be about more than 3D printing skills. We set about talking to as many employers as possible and constantly assess how we can better prepare Free-D trainees with the skills and experience needed to succeed in the modern workplace.
We focus on developing a growth mindset with our students, as a love of learning and a resilience is essential for getting to grips with sometimes tricky or frustrating topics. We emphasise a learning through failing approach and motivate our trainees to get hands-on and creative by working on personal projects using their new skills, as quickly as possible.
We have partnered with local NGOs and initiatives to supplement this approach with modules focused on workplace skills, presentation and communication training as well as spoken English. See more about this on our Partners page.
We work to build a community among our trainees and between alumni. We have seen first-hand the power of peer-to-peer support when trainees experience periods of doubt or uncertainty. We encourage Free-D graduates to stay connected and to come back and assist in class. This support is supplemented with optional counselling and mentor sessions.