The return of tomorrow’s world…
The 12th Scarborough Science & Engineering Week is back – with a new-look.
Local, regional, national and international employers are coming back together for the vital need to support young people post-pandemic with their career choices.
It will be a face-to-face event at the Spa from October 12-14, alongside an opportunity to support more young people access the event digitally.
More than 30 employers and organisations will show how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are so important in the real world.
It aims to inspire students to consider the exciting opportunities that studying and working in such sectors can open up to them.
Since the Scarborough Business Ambassadors and engineers Unison started the event, it has attracted more than 33,000 students, inspiring a future workforce into skill-based careers.
The packed event will attract more than 2,000 young people aged from seven to 19, from schools across the coast and beyond.
They will see innovative approaches to engineering, low carbon and green energy solutions. This will include:
- 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
- A evening careers session for families and young people on the opening Tuesday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
“We are delighted to be back at the Spa with a real-live event for the biggest platform of hi-tech businesses and manufacturers in the area,” said Peter Wilkinson, event co-founder and chairman of the Ambassadors.
“This is about providing great career opportunities and filling skills gaps in vital sectors.
“It will inspire young people of all ages who can see for themselves what brilliantly varied companies there are to work for.”
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.
“This year’s programme includes a targeted launch of apprenticeships towards young women. This stretches the approach of the event, to not only drive development of hands-on skills for innovation and technology driven sectors, but to also ensure that workforces of the future capture the significant advantages of diversity and inclusion.
“We’re always keen to support initiatives of this kind and it’s great to see the Scarborough Science and Engineering Week once again bringing business and education together and creating opportunity for young people to thrive in a greener, fairer and stronger economy.”
The headline sponsor is Anglo-American, the global mining company in diamonds, platinum, copper, iron ore, which is developing the potash mine in North Yorkshire and is a key advocate of the event.
Gareth Edmunds, External Affairs Director for Anglo American’s Crop Nutrients business, said: “Events such as Scarborough Science & Engineering Week are critical in trying to ensure we equip our young people with the skills they need for the future.
“From our perspective, it helps to develop the skilled local workforce that we are trying to build for the Woodsmith Project. We are incredibly proud to support it.”
North Yorkshire County Council is again providing transport for schools to take part, and Scarborough Borough Council is providing the Spa as the venue again.
Last year the event was totally digital and delivered via classroom video sessions. It reached 2,500 students across the region.
The celebration is supported by the North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP).