Bid to inspire budding engineers

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AN INNOVATIVE programme, backed by companies from the Dispatch district, has been launched to inspire engineers of the future.

Tomorrow’s Engineers is a careers initiative created for school pupils by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Now ROLLS-ROYCE, which is Hucknall’s biggest employer at its site off Watnall Road, and the energy company E.ON, which has a base at Sherwood Business Park in Annesley, have signed up to the scheme.

Presentations will be made to schools through a combination of live theatre and hands-on workshops to help bring alive the opportunities engineering has to offer.

This will all be backed up with careers information and resources linked to school curriculums.

Ambassadors from the companies involved will provide schools with ongoing support to reinforce an understanding of careers in engineering.

Keith Trilloe, programme-delivery manager at E.ON, said: “Over recent years, companies across the region have run a variety of in-school activities, designed to introduce young people to engineering, with various degrees of success.

“In bringing together and co-ordinating this programme for schools, Tomorrow’s Engineers will develop an innovative and joined-up approach to science, technology, engineering and maths education.

“For E.ON, this collaboration with other companies in the Midlands means together we can do more to tackle skills gaps, improve understanding about engineering and ultimately increase the number of young people choosing engineering as a career.”

It is hoped Tomorrow’s Engineers will reach up to 50,000 pupils in the coming year.

It has initially been developed for the Midlands but there are plans to roll out the scheme nationwide.