Free workshops to encourage next generation engineers

Free workshops to encourage next generation engineers
Free workshops to encourage next generation engineers

11th November 2011

The Aston University Engineering Academy is holding an ‘Engineer Your Future’ day on Saturday 26th November at Aston University. Aimed at Year 9 students, this ‘Engineer Your Future’ day will promote Engineering and Science as ‘cool’ subjects to study and encourage the UK’s next generation of engineers.

This free event will give students, their families and friends a ‘hands on’ engineering experience through a day of exciting workshops, technical challenges and talks. Students will be able to find out how a love of Lego, F1 racing and Scalextric could be the start of their career as they take part in a series of activities run by Aston University Engineering Academy’s partner organisations including the RAF, E.ON, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid and Rolls Royce.

Lee Kilgour Principal Designate of Aston University Engineering Academy believes that many students are unaware of the nature of careers in Engineering and Science and their suitability for girls as well as boys. He says: “Engineering and Science are essential for the UK’s future. There is currently a shortage of young well-qualified engineers and scientists, despite the fact that potential earnings and career prospects are excellent. We need to change this. Engineering and Science play a major role in many technological devices and advances and encompass a huge range of industries such as construction, transport, medicine, food and cosmetics. We’ve invited some of the national employers that the Aston University Engineering Academy is working in partnership with so that students can talk to a broad range of engineers to find out about career opportunities in engineering.”

Aston University Engineering Academy is a mixed University Technical College with specialisms in Engineering and Science for students aged 14 – 19 years old. AUEA is currently under construction and is due to open in September 2012. When open, Academy students will specialise in engineering and science alongside core subjects in English, maths and languages. It will provide a pathway into Higher Education at university or apprenticeship qualifications into highly skilled engineering careers.

‘Engineer Your Future’ is being held at Aston University (Main Building) on Saturday 26th November from 9:45am – 2:30pm. Further information can be found on the Aston University Engineering Academy’s website: www.auea.co.uk

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For further information, please contact Louise Russell, Communications Officer on 0121 204 4637 or at l.a.russell1@aston.ac.uk.

Notes to Editors

  • The new Aston University Engineering Academy will support the newly launched Vocational Diplomas and Young Apprenticeships for 14-19 year olds. It will also enable students to achieve GCSEs in English, Maths, Science and IT which will be studied alongside the chosen vocational specialisms.
  • The Aston University Engineering Academy, Birmingham is being supported by Birmingham Metropolitan College – a Centre of Vocational Excellence in engineering – Rolls-Royce plc, National Grid, E. ON, Metrology Ltd, Sterling Power Group Ltd and the Veolia Environmental Development Centre Ltd.