EEF and Primary Engineer Launch Initiative to Nurture Talents of Future Yorkshire Engineers

Promotion of Primary Engineer’s mission in Yorkshire will secure the region’s skills for the future and coincides with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Primary Engineer are working to help inspire the next generation of young engineers and address skills shortages in Yorkshire with the expansion of the Primary Engineer programme. It will see twenty funded schools host a Primary Engineer course, aims to encourage primary and secondary pupils to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

The launch took place at Boston Spa School in Wetherby, and was attended by up to forty teachers, twenty engineers and pupils from the region. Appris Management Ltd, who are EEF members and participants of the Yorkshire and Humber EEF Skills Group, sponsored the event, which coincided with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, a nationwide campaign run by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills that highlights the exciting career opportunities in engineering to young people.

Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation that trains teachers from primary and secondary schools across the UK and delivers various courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The courses help teachers to apply practical maths and science skills to modern design and technology projects, which they then take back to their classrooms to inspire young pupils to become the engineers of the future. Schools are also invited to take part in local, regional and national challenges that celebrate young pupil’s achievements in design and technology. EEF is promoting the organisation among its regional members in Yorkshire by encouraging them to sponsor a school for £500 so that more courses can be delivered and pupils can showcase their talents in these competitions.

Appris’ Operations Director, Kenny Stoddart said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the first Yorkshire & Humber Primary Engineer event. As a not-for-profit Group Training Association (GTA), Appris fully support the increased awareness of STEM subjects.
“As the training provider of the 2012 WorldSkills UK manufacture engineering winners, events such as this will provide the next generation of highly skilled engineers.”

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “We know that subjects such as science and maths are essential for young people who are considering a life in engineering. We have been showcasing the breadth and depth of career paths on offer in the 21st century during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week to attract the brightest and best.
“Projects like Primary Engineer, by helping young people get to grips with these subjects, will help us to provide a workforce that is skilled and qualified to make sure we can compete and lead in the global race.”

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