Industry is getting involved with education at all levels to promote engineering as a career.
Young Engineers Clubs operate in over 1000 schools and colleges throughout the UK and provide a framework for young people to become actively involved in the world of science and technology.
Having in the past been involved with projects in a small number of schools, Pneu User, the pneumatics club initiative of SMC Pneumatics, has become a Nation Sponsor of the Young Engineers Clubs. Pneu User will be promoting the activities of Young Engineers to its members – mostly machine builders and industrial users of pneumatics.
Meanwhile in Uttoxeter, a school with technology college status has joined forces with JCB to found a design and technology centre. The JCB Centre for Technology Education – which is aimed at encouraging more post-16 students to enter design related careers such as engineering, manufacturing and product design – has been established at Thomas Alleynes High School
The £110,000 centre, thought to be the first of its kind, has been funded partly by JCB and partly by Government grants.
And at the University of Glamorgan, Festo Didactic is sponsoring the Headstart initiative which aims to give year 12 (lower sixth) students a direct insight into the technology industry – complete with hands on experience of real engineering problems.