Success parade as former students return to inspire another new wave of engineers
Trailblazers are making guest appearances at this month’s inspiring Scarborough Science & Engineering Week – an event that they attended as young students.
“To demonstrate how successful the event has been over the past 12 years, we have pulled together some of the students who came to engineering week as youngsters and are now enjoying great careers,” said Peter Wilkinson, chairman of the Scarborough Business Ambassadors which created it.
More than 30 local, regional and national employers and training and education organisations will be exhibiting at the Spa from October 12-14, which is sponsored by mining company Anglo American.
Since the Ambassadors and engineers Unison started the event, it has attracted more than 33,000 students, inspiring a future workforce into skill-based careers covering science, design, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The 12th anniversary event will attract more than 2,000 young people aged from seven to 19, from schools across the coast and beyond.
There will be an open session on the evening of the opening day Tuesday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. No booking is required and is for parents, as well as adults seeking to change careers.
A prestigious dinner on the Wednesday (October 13) is open to any type of business. For tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject header SSEW2021.
Low carbon and green energy solutions will be on display in two zones:
- Hands-on activities in the ‘Employer Zone,’ delivered by leading businesses
- Colleges and others in the ‘Post-16 Zone,’ supporting young people to discover opportunities
Guest speaker at the dinner will be Anglo American Chief Executive, Mark Cutifani, who will talking about his 40 years of experience in engineering and his role as the leader of the FTSE 100 business that owns the Woodsmith Mine development in North Yorkshire.
The menu has been designed by Michelin-star chef Andrew Pern, and prepared and served by tutors and students from Scarborough TEC’s catering course, which has created three Michelin star chefs.
Also speaking will be Scarborough sailor and adventurer Guy Waites, who is taking part in the Golden Globe round the world race, a gruelling non-stop seven-month challenge.
The York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership alongside the Careers and Enterprise Company is again a leading supporter.
Sam Alexander, who chairs the LEP’s Skills and Employability Board said: “This is a hugely exciting annual event, helping to build aspiration and opportunity for young people across the coast and beyond.”
Gareth Edmunds, Corporate Relations Director for Anglo American’s Crop Nutrients business, said: “Events such as this are critical in trying to ensure we equip our young people with the skills they need. We are incredibly proud to support it.”
North Yorkshire County Council is again providing transport for schools to take part. Scarborough Borough Council is providing the Spa as the venue again, at no cost.
The celebration is supported by the North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP).
A number of awards will be presented, including a memorial trophy in honour of Vaugn (CORRECT) Bulmer, head of coach engineering at Plaxton, where the first engineering week was held.