This week Laura Pickering, the MTA's Education and Development Coordinator, attended Scarborough Engineering Week 2016.
With the support of local businesses and manufacturing and engineering firms, notably MTA member Unison, Scarborough Engineering Week is an event designed specifically for school children. With different days focusing on primary and secondary school children, the exhibitors had a fantastically wide range of engaging activates for the students to do all aimed at helping to ignite an interest in engineering from an early age.
At the Annual Scarborough Engineering Week Dinner, Charles Parker, CEO of the Baker Dearing Trust, gave an inspirational speech about the importance of engineering and Design and Technology within the school curriculum. He also gave information on Scarborough University Technical College (UTC), which opened its doors to students last month. The UTC boasts fantastic facilities and when speaking to students, they really seemed to enjoy the different approach to learning that UTCs have – whilst still gaining their GCSEs and A-levels, there is a much higher focus on hands-on learning.
Developments on the York Potash projects, the worlds biggest potash mine which aims to attract 80% of its workforce from the local area, were also revealed. Therefore it is fantastic, and timely, that Scarborough is putting so much effort into its next generation of engineers.
It was also announced this week that Scarborough is one of six Education Opportunity Areas across England which together will receive £60m to help local children and young people get the best start in life. Work has already begun and as the new academic year started the County Council has been working with schools, businesses, cultural partners and the district council to roll out a range of ground-breaking schemes called the Scarborough Pledge. The aim of The Pledge is to improve educational attainment, increase cultural, training and work opportunities and generally broaden horizons for young people in the local area.