Scheme inspires the engineers of tomorrow

Scheme inspires the engineers of tomorrow

A scheme that aims to get young people into engineering has launched on Teesside.

The Primary Engineer Programme is a not-for-profit organisation which provides training to teachers on how to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects more interesting to young children.

Professor John Perkins CBE, a former chief scientific advisor to government, has visited Middlesbrough College to talk about the scheme.

He said: “Primary Engineer is a response to employers’ constant calls for more engineering skills, and provides the opportunity to get young people interested in well paid careers in engineering.

“We know that we really need to start early in engaging young people with science and maths. Their relationships with these subjects are shaped at the beginning of school – and can be influenced by a great teacher or a fun project.”

He added: “Engineering is a hugely creative discipline and I think we need to demonstrate that to the young people that it might interest.”

Primary Engineer already has 137 schools on board from around the North East, and this week held a training event with 23 schools from Teesside.

The scheme’s founder and chief executive, Susan Scurlock, said: “We used the term STEM by stealth some time ago, but this is really at the heart of what Primary Engineer does.

“We help teachers to build these subjects into fun classroom activities so that young people are engaged with science and maths without necessarily realising it.”

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College, welcomed the launch of the Primary Engineer scheme.

She said: “Middlesbrough College is delighted to host the launch of Primary Engineer on Teesside – a vital scheme that fosters vital skills among young people.

“It is also fantastic to host Professor John Perkins and to hear about his experiences in the science and engineering sectors, experiences that will inspire our students.”