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October 13th 2016

Students gain insight into engineering

Working together in a problem solving challenge

An event took place in Nottingham this week (12 October) designed to encourage students to focus on their future careers and gain an insight into what engineering is all about.

The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) event, hosted by the Army’s 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, saw more than 60 sixth-form pupils who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths start working on an industry-mentored project  that could improve their future employability prospects.

EDT is a nationwide education charity that provides opportunities for young people who could train to be engineers or scientists in the future, through organising hands-on experiences such as the event held at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham.

During the interactive event students learnt more about engineering careers  in the British Army, as well as working on projects led by local employers such as Boots, Cummins, Dynex Semiconductors, Guttridge, JCB and Rolls Royce.

Working together to move tyres from one location to another

Working together to move tyres from one location to another

Captain Andrew Thompson, from 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, said: “The event which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills is the launch point for a six month project where the students are teamed up with engineers from local Industries to work on a live assignment.

“The event is to inform students who are considering if they are interested in pursuing a career in engineering what the best path for them to take would be such as attending university, doing an apprenticeship, taking part in work-experience or joining the British Army.  The day’s activities focussed participants on team building and problem solving skills to aid them in the project and develop them for the future.”

The EDT event included theoretical learning as well as practical problem solving and leadership development tasks led by the Army’s Outreach Team.

Developing teamworking skills

Developing teamworking skills

Alan Young, Employer Engagement Manager at EDT, explained: “EDT inspires more young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Our Engineering Education Scheme (EES) links teams of sixth form students with a local employer who gives them a real project to work on and a mentor to support them through the process.

“A key part of EES is the launch day which we hold alongside 170 Engineer Group at Chetwynd Barracks. 170 Engineer Group does a tremendous job of engaging the young people taking part in the event in STEM activities, as well as showcasing the fantastic range of engineering careers available.”

Ian Wood, Head of Science at Trinity School in Aspley, Nottinghamshire, said: “This is the third year we have been involved with EES. This is a great opportunity for students to develop their team working and project management skills, as well as raising their awareness of engineering STEM careers.

“One of the students to take part in the event last year has gone on to secure an apprenticeship with an engineering company we worked with through the project.”

Abigail Wileman, was one of the students taking part in the event from King Edward VII College in Coalville, Leicestershire, she commented: “I wanted to take part in the event because I’m interested in engineering and maths. I hope to improve my communication and team working skills through the project.”

Student Eden Page, also studying at King Edward VII College, said: “I thought the event would give me viable links to businesses that could potentially enhance my career prospects.”

This event was the second of its kind to be hosted by 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, and the unit hope to continue working with EDT over forthcoming months to deliver further initiatives.

"Our Engineering Education Scheme (EES) links teams of sixth form students with a local employer who gives them a real project to work on and a mentor to support them through the process."