We are very proud to be part of this project launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The project aims to generate enthusiasm and a stronger skills base among Lowestoft’s young people through first-hand experience of engineering, visits to companies, real engineering projects, challenges, and other extra-curricular activities. By building links between schools and local employers, the project aims to show young people the engineering work opportunities in the area.
There is expected to be a demand for 1.8 million new engineers and technicians in the UK by 2022. However, there is a lack of people taking up training in the industry and a shortfall of over 550,000 is expected. To help address this demand and create a long-term sustainable skills supply in Suffolk, the Royal Academy of Engineering is setting up the Lowestoft Engineering Project to encourage more young people from a more diverse range of backgrounds to become engineers and technicians.
In 2016 we received a grant of £1,500 which we used to buy a class set of Lego Weedo. We were also visited by an engineer called Steve Smyth who taught our Y3 and Y4 how to make cantilever bridges and a variety of battery powered vehicles.
In 2017 we visited Sizewell Power Station to learn about energy and how electricity is generated from uranium and steam.