The ‘Wiltshire Festival of Engineering’ breakfast, (supported by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
On: Wednesday 28 September 2016, 7.15am – 9.00am
Where: Wiltshire College, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QD
Speakers will focus on the benefits of working in engineering and manufacturing and the challenge of overcoming the skills gaps and shortages in the sector. There will be an emphasis on how schools and employers can work together to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, to ensure that our young people are properly informed and qualified for careers in the sector.
There will also be an opportunity to meet other engineering and manufacturing businesses before and after breakfast.
Attendees are then invited to visit the ‘Festival of Engineering and Manufacturing’ at the Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham, SN15 3PA, 9.00am – 9.45am
The Festival of Engineering and Manufacturing has been organised by Chippenham MP, Michelle Donelan following talks with local businesses. “I am very aware of the fears about the lack of a suitably skilled workforce. Frankly, the lack of skills, particularly in engineering, threatens the future of the UK economy”.
The Wiltshire Festival of Engineering Wiltshire Festival of Engineering and Manufacturing, is aimed at: Pupils in Years 6, 7, 8 and 9, and hopes to inspire young people and stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, so they might consider it as an exciting and rewarding career, paving the way for a new, skilled workforce for future business needs. The festival is supported by local employers including, the James Dyson Foundation, Hitachi, Good Energy and Great Western Railway.
“Many of Wiltshire’s most successful companies operate in the technology sphere. Yet without home-grown talent to take on future design challenges, such firms may have to source employees from outside local employment markets”.
“Without the right emphasis on STEM subjects, particularly in Design and Technology, young people may fail to access work in the engineering and technology arena. We have a superb heritage in design in the region. We can build local talent and local jobs, but we should also think of how we can influence on global and sustainable levels too.”