For two days last November Babcock International at Rosyth played host to 31 teachers from 20 primary schools across Fife. Business and engineering graduates worked alongside directors and senior managers helping primary and a few secondary teachers design and build vehicles that would later be the challenge to their students. Engineers from other Fife companies, FMC Technologies, Smith Anderson, EDV Ltd and Fife Fabrication also attended the training day working with schools local to their sites.
Fife Council have identified Primary Engineer as a partner in bringing STEM and importantly engineering into the classroom and we are looking forward to working with more Fife schools in the very near future.
On 5th June Babcock will host the East Coast Primary Engineer Regional Final as part of their 100 years at Rosyth Celebrations. Children from Aberdeen, Falkirk, Dundee, Edinburgh and Fife will gather to see who has designed the best vehicles and Trophies designed and made by Babcock Apprentices will be presented by Archie Bethel Executive Director of Babcock Group.
Carol Ann Knight HR Director for Energy and Marine Technology said:
‘Early attraction into engineering is a long term strategy of Babcocks, and Primary Engineer ticks all our boxes in relation to early year’s engagement, both in primary and secondary schools. The added advantage for us is that Primary Engineer is aligned to the professional bodies (accredited Institution of Primary and Secondary Engineers respectively with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). This enables students and employees alike to assess a student’s engineering competence against a standard through to chartered status. This vehicle also helps Babcock deliver our commitment to our corporate social responsibility work through the schools in the communities in which we work. In addition Primary Engineer actively demonstrates in supporting the UK drive for STEM subjects in early careers.’
Many thanks again to Fife Council, Babcock International Rosyth, FMC Technologies, Smith Anderson, EDV Ltd and Fife Fabrication for a great day.