Nurturing the Next Generation of Engineers

Nurturing the Next Generation of Engineers

Blackburn and Darwen’s next generation engineers are being given a head start, thanks to an innovative programme delivered at Blackburn College by Primary Engineer.

Proudly supported by The Hive Business Network and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, the Primary Engineer team delivered a day of practical workshops, training Primary School teachers to deliver exciting and engaging engineering activities within the classroom.

Teachers were shown how to create Halloween themed shoe box vehicles, an activity which is suitable to be taught from Year 4, and can then be entered into the Primary Engineer’s national competition.

“The outreach programme is a fantastic way of encouraging teachers to involve engineering within their lesson plans,” said Liam Weatherill, Regional Director Primary Engineer.

“Many teachers don’t have the confidence to actively promote engineering and these workshops show that activities can be easily aligned to the curriculum.

“We also actively encourage businesses to get involved by supporting the schools. Participating businesses help to create local STEM Ambassadors and forge links between industry and education.”

Ian Brown from The Hive Business Network said “We are absolutely delighted to be associated with the Primary Engineer. Maintaining engineering within schools is vital to the future of local industry and building relationships between local businesses and schools will help to create a larger talent pool for future employees.”

Julia Colman, Service Lead for School Effectiveness at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said “This project aims to raise awareness in schools and amongst teachers to the amazing opportunities that exist within engineering, both in education and employment. We would like to thank all of the partners involved with this innovative project.

“The Hive Business Network has met 50% of the project costs, enabling this exciting programme to go ahead.”

“Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering are key contributors to our local economy”, commented Nicola Clayton, Director of Business Development and External Engagement at Blackburn College.

“We are committed to developing the future talent pipeline and meeting the needs of Lancashire’s priority sectors – our links through Primary Engineer are a great example of how education and industry can work in collaboration to achieve this”.


27 Oct 2017, 14:09 PM