Spencer Group supports festival to inspire science careers

Spencer Group supports festival to inspire science careers

Hull-based Spencer Group has hailed the power of the Amy Johnson Festival to inspire young people to pursue careers in engineering and the sciences.

Spencer is proud to be among the sponsors of the Da Vinci Engineered Exhibition, one of the centrepiece events of the arts and engineering festival.

The festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the inspirational Hull-born aviator’s tragic death in 1941, and raises awareness of Amy Johnson’s achievements as an aviator, engineer and pioneering woman of her time.

Spencer is a privately-owned multi-disciplinary engineering business, committed to supporting the drive to encourage young people to recognise engineering, technical and scientific careers as exciting and rewarding employment choices.

Spencer executive chairman Charlie Spencer OBE said: “The UK as a whole is facing a severe shortage of engineers and technicians and that is certainly reflected in Hull and the wider Humber area. There is also a major issue in that females are hugely under-represented in these fields.

“We simply must promote strongly the reality that careers in engineering and the sciences offer young people well-paid, fulfilling employment, with a wide range of career development opportunities.

“We’re delighted to support the Amy Johnson Festival and applaud the creative ways it brings together art and engineering. The festival uses the extraordinary story of a true local heroine to engage with people in fun and fascinating ways and inspire young people, especially girls, to believe that, like Amy, they can achieve great things with engineering skills.”

The Da Vinci Engineered Exhibition brings together themes of flight and engineering, and features 12 faithful reproductions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s wind and flying machines alongside specially commissioned works by contemporary artists which explore the use of engineering in their conceptualisation, design or production.

Rick Welton, Amy Johnson Festival director, said: “The support for the festival from local businesses, like Spencer Group, is hugely important in ensuring the success of the Festival in celebrating Amy Johnson’s remarkable life and achievements, as a woman, as an aviator and as an engineer.