Primary Engineer initiative will help UK ‘lead the global race’

MatthewHancockAn initiative that will see 20 Yorkshire schools being funded to help secure the region’s skills for the future was launched today to coincide with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

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

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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