Three hundred school and sixth form pupils were given a first-hand insight into working in engineering and technology industries and available apprenticeships at two events supported by leading North-East companies.
School pupils developed digital marketing strategies and pitched them to a leading housebuilder which has developed a new community facility in Darlington.
ENTHUSIASTIC young engineers pitted their technical skills against each other in an annual challenge to build and pilot working hovercraft.
Year nine and 10 students from Darlington schools Longfield Academy, St Aidan’s Academy, Hummersknot Academy and Hurworth Academy competed for the annual Foundation for Jobs Hovercraft Trophy, which is now in its fifth year and was visited by HRH The Duke of York three years ago.
Almost 400 Darlington school pupils have taken part in engineering activities held over a week and designed to boost their understanding of the important North-East industry sector.
More than 120 pupils attended Foundation for Jobs annual Ingenious Engineering event on Friday July 8th to take part in a range of practical activities delivered by engineering companies.
One hundred teenage pupils built working hovercraft as part of a project to inspire their interest in engineering.
The annual Foundation for Jobs event, hosted by Darlington’s Queen Elizabeth (QE) Sixth Form College, also aims to demonstrate to the students the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects for industries pivotal to the North-East economy.
A YOUNG engineer gave school pupils a first-hand insight into the subsea industry by working with them to build their own deep-water robots.
Thomas Young, 19, a higher level apprentice at Darlington based Modus Seabed Intervention, helped lead sessions at the Foundation for Jobs Subsea Engineering Event for Schools.
A CONSTRUCTION firm is giving teenage pupils a first-hand insight into the wide range of skills required in the sector by preparing them to pitch their own building projects.
Keepmoat has joined forces with Foundation for Jobs to launch a construction challenge for Year Nine pupils at the Education Village in Darlington that will see them prepare a tender for a new changing room facility on the playing fields at their school.
AN MP was able to test for herself the work of pupils considering a future in the engineering sector.
Darlington MP Jenny Chapman met pupils from Hurworth School as they constructed a 14 metre long suspension bridge owned by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East, from scratch and then carried out the ultimate test of walking across it.
INGENIOUS tasks set by firms and organisations inspired 160 school pupils to see the challenging careers science and engineering could offer.
Pupils from seven Darlington secondary schools attended Foundation for Jobs fourth Ingenious Engineering event last week.
A LEADING engineering firm recruited a young graduate after he impressed them while participating in a scheme aimed at retaining talent in the North-East.
MTE Ltd (Mech Tool Engineering) recruited Ben Appleby, after he spent ten weeks at the firm on a summer placement which forms part of the Encouraging Engineering scheme offered to university students from Darlington.