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Free workshops for aspiring engineers

Free workshops for aspiring engineers

Aston University Engineering Academy is holding two ‘Engineer Your Future’ days on Saturday 1st October and 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.”

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

Words by Louise Russell
22 September 2011