Nissan to inspire female students

Nissan to inspire female students

Nissan have teamed up with Newcastle High School for Girls to encourage more women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

The Sunderland manufacturing plant will welcome four Sixth Form students from the school to work alongside the car manufacturer on a six-month project to tackle working issues and gain an insight into the world of work.

The industrial placement work will be combined with time spent at Newcastle University, attending professional skills lectures in communication and project management, and the girls will also use university resources to develop, build and test solutions to the problem and tasks they have been set.

The four girls will also get the chance to compete for a British Association (BA) CREST Award at the end of the project.

Commenting on the scheme, Andy Morton, Physics Teacher at Newcastle High said: “The girls will get a rare insight into the industrial environment of the UK’s largest car plant and gain invaluable work experience that will help them make informed decisions about future subject and career choices.

“On a practical level, they will also develop technical skills and see the Physics, Chemistry and Maths learned in the classroom applied in an industrial environment.”

The project is part of the Engineering Education Scheme, run by the Engineering Development Trust, which encourages schools and local companies to collaborate and offer students real like working situations surrounding scientific, engineering and technological problems.

“It is projects like the EES and our overall approach to promoting science-based subjects that both excite the girls about these areas and also open their eyes to the excellent career opportunities in engineering,” furthered Mr Morton.

“We’re not only breaking down gender barriers and bias, but we’re helping to meet the demand for high-level skills in these subjects.”

Nissan is also offering similar opportunities to local schools, which will reach 8,000 pupils from schools across the North East this year.

Adrian Smart, HR Director at Nissan Sunderland Plant: “Projects like these help widen horizons and give students an insight into the breadth of career opportunities available to them in STEM.”