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ENGINEERS IN THE MAKING: ESSEX FORD PARTNERSHIP

Inspiring the next generation of engineers in Essex with Ford and Essex County Council.

Inspiring the next generation of engineers in Essex with Ford and Essex County Council.

Through partnership with Ford and Essex County council via the Essex Employment and Skills Board, Primary Engineer arrived in Essex in a big way in October with two incredible teacher training sessions hosted by Ford at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Dunton and The Museum of Power in Langford.  Forty primary schools from across Essex engaged with Primary Engineer and partnered with engineers from Ford and local engineering companies and organisations.

At Ford, forty teachers from twenty schools were invited to the Ford Dunton Technical Centre, home to over 3,000 highly skilled designers, engineers and support staff to take part in the one-day practical Primary Engineer course with a Ford engineer who will support the programme in the classroom with the teacher and pupils. Teachers also enjoyed a fascinating site tour of the Ford Dunton Technical Centre and track experience!

“Children form ideas about ‘suitable’ careers from a very young age” said Linda Carpenter, Director, Product Planning and Strategy “and so we need to work with schools to ensure that children of a primary age are given the opportunity to learn more about STEM and are encouraged to consider futures in the area”

At the Museum of Power in Langford another forty teachers trained in Partnership with the Essex Employment and Skills Board will also be delivering Primary Engineer this academic year with engineers from a variety of companies.

Chris Rochester, Regional Director for Primary Engineer Programmes said, “This is a fantastic start to Primary Engineer in Essex with Ford and the Essex Employment and Skills Board and I look forward to increasing the number of schools with our partners next year.  I’m looking forward to the celebration events in June at both the Ford Dunton Technical Centre and the Museum of Power”

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