CITY LORD MAYOR BACKS PROJECT TO INSPIRE YOUNG ENGINEERS
Sea Cadets and Seafarers UK, two great British maritime charities are working together to launch a project to build the next generation of UK engineers.
Unveiled today, 15.06.16 at Mansion House, the RT HON Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, lent his weight to a new 3-year project designed to inspire and engage UK youngsters into thinking about a future in marine engineering and see how far it can take them.
The consequence the UK faces as the shortage of people with engineering skills grows is well reported, triggering concern across the sector for the long term future of the UK industry .
Lord Mountevans unveiled the first of seven pods, showcasing how engineering will be driven right into the heart of communities and schools across the UK – helping to spark young minds to think about a future as bold as they can imagine. The funding for each Pod is via Seafarers UK, this being one of three Centenary fundraising projects for the charity.
The Lord Mayor says: ‘This eye-catching initiative can inspire more young people to learn about the wide mix of career opportunities that exist in the UK’s world leading maritime sector, and in marine engineering in particular. The maritime sector is a huge economic contributor, employing over 140,000 people, and a real area of competitive advantage for the UK. My hope is that as these mobile units visit more young people, schools, teachers, parents and careers advisers will be inspired by the idea of pursuing a hugely rewarding career in marine engineering.’
The project is designed to appeal to children in Year 9 thinking of Options choices. Its playful design of semi-hidden icons encourages you to think about the scope of engineering; soda cans and Recycling and Playstations, life is full of engineering innovations.
It pilots in the South West with plans to roll out to schools and the rest of the UK later in the year. The pods are practical, mobile teaching assets, holding essential kit including a sectioned engine. They can be used for delivering introductory qualifications in marine engineering - a core module of sea cadet training, to simple and effective taster sessions in schools.
Barry Bryant, Director General of Seafarers UK, says: “Seafarers UK has supported maritime youth work and those organisations focused on preparing young people for a potential career at sea for almost 100 years. This joint initiative with Sea Cadets is a great way of reaching out to young people and helping them to think more creatively about their career aspirations and the opportunities that exist in maritime and marine engineering.”
This is a pioneering project for Sea Cadets, a national youth charity. Our core aim is to build confidence so that young people can find their course in life - this combined with our experience of working with young people, has helped us shape a project we believe can inspire more young people to take a step towards a better future, for them and their families.
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