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A taste of engineering

Published Wednesday, 08 April 2015

Finding solutions to big problems and designing schemes and products that make life easier were part of a three day initiative introducing 28 young people aged 14 - 17 to the world of engineering.

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Organised by Enfield Council with Johnson Matthey, London Waste Eco Park and Kelvin Hughes, each day focused on the specialisations of these companies and involved the young people in practical problems and assignments.

With a national shortage of engineers across many industries, Enfield Council is encouraging young people to get a better understanding of engineering and to learn how it affects our lives.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, said: “We appreciate the cooperation of three great companies in our borough and the efforts they are making to attract young people to engineering. I know that this will be a packed week that will stretch them and give them some ideas for their futures.”

Boys and girls from: Winchmore, Edmonton County, Chace Community, St Anne’s and The Latymer Schools seizied this great opportunity over three days at each company to take part in some practical engineering and to find out more about it.

Barry Connelly, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Johnson Matthey, said: “For young people considering a career using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) qualifications, engineering is a great option. Industry clearly requires more engineers and we look forward to meeting young people, answering their questions and introducing them to some exciting projects.”

At LondonWaste, Managing Director, David Sargent, added: “It is our duty to reach out to schools and help young people discover opportunities in the resource and waste sector. Our business is about ensuring that we make the most of household waste – it can be used to generate electricity, provide low cost heating; or reused to make new products. Engineers are essential in our industry and I hope that we can inspire young people to consider a future career within the resource sector.”

Russell Gould, Chief Executive at Kelvin Hughes, said: “There is a shortage of young people choosing to pursue a career in engineering. The significance of this work is enormous and we are delighted to show keen young people what we do. Enfield Council is to be congratulated for encouraging young people to see for themselves how they could be working in our industries.”

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