Under the scheme, 20 funded schools will host a course aimed at encouraging primary and secondary pupils to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related careers.
The initiative is supported by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF and Primary Engineer, the not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage young people to consider careers in STEM-related professions.
The Primary Engineer course trains 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.
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “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.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013