Free workshop for aspiring engineers

Free workshops for aspiring engineers

22 September 2011

If you have always wondered whether a career in engineering is for you then the Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) might have the solution. AUEA is holding an ‘Engineer Your Future’ day on Saturday 26th November where young people can take part in a free day of exciting workshops, technical challenges and talks to find out more.

Aimed at Year 9 students the ‘Engineer Your Future’ days will promote Engineering and Science as ‘cool’ subjects to study and provide a hands on engineering experience for students, their families and friends. 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 AUEA’s partner organisations including the RAF, E.ON, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid and Rolls Royce.

Lee Kilgour Principal Designate of AUEA 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.”

AUEA 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.

The ‘Engineer Your Future’ days are being held at Aston University (Main Building) on Saturday 1st October and 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. You can also view the Academy's Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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 offer personalised pathways in engineering and science including the Diploma in Engineering, A-levels, BTEC qualifications and Apprenticeships for 14-19 year olds. All students will follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and languages which will be studied alongside their engineering pathway.
  • The Aston University Engineering Academy is being supported by Rolls-Royce plc, National Grid, E. ON, JLR and other industrial partners.