Thomas Young of Modus Seabed Intervention works on subsea robot testing with Hurworth School pupils
YOUNG engineers gave school pupils a first-hand insight into the subsea industry by working with them to build their own deep-water robots while also outlining their own routes into the industry.
It is the fourth year in a row that Thomas Young, 22, who undertook a higher apprenticeship through Modus Seabed Intervention and is now completing a HNC supported by the company, has represented his firm at Foundation for Jobs annual Subsea Week.
He was joined this year by his colleague Elliott Wright, 25, who also undertook higher level training with the company.
Six Darlington secondary schools sent pupils to Subsea Week, a partnership between Foundation for Jobs and Darlington College, which aims to demonstrate the opportunities that exist for young people in an industry that carries out much of its work using deep sea robots known as ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles).
More than 90 year nine and ten students attended the sessions during which they built and tested mini ROV kits designed by the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research to mimic the technology and science of the real robots.
The subsea industry is a major growth sector for Darlington and worth £9bn a year to the UK economy, with more than 50 firms in the North East alone employing 15,000 people and with annual revenues of £1.5bn.
Foundation for Jobs manager Owen McAteer said: “When we first mention the subsea sector to young people they are often unaware of what it is but once we mention they will be working with underwater robots their attention really picks up.
“Tom and Elliott are brilliant with the young people and really inspire them and we are immensely grateful for the ongoing support Modus Seabed Intervention gives to Foundation for Jobs.
“That is a key aim of Foundation for Jobs to demonstrate to young people the exciting and high-tech jobs in industries based right here in Darlington and the North-East that are crying out for young talent but which the young people themselves are not considering either because they don’t understand them or haven’t heard of them.”
The national award-winning Foundation for Jobs is a joint initiative to tackle youth unemployment involving Darlington Borough Council and the Darlington Partnership of private firms and public sector organisations, which has also enjoyed support from businesses and industrialists across the whole North-East region. IT has worked with more than 8000 young people since 2012.
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