Rail Project

The Primary Engineer ® Rail project provides both KS1/P2-3 and KS2/P4-7 teachers and pupils with creative, practical projects using rail engineering as the vehicle.

The Primary Engineer Rail Project is a national rail project pioneered with Hitachi Rail, which is now being supported by a growing number of key partners in the rail sector and The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The rail industry is currently one of the most exciting and evolving. The move towards net zero and innovation in electric and hydrogen trains and decarbonisation of the networks is creating huge technological advances that will revolutionise the sector. The Primary Engineer Rail Project aims to inspire pupils with the rail sector and help create a diverse future workforce for the rail sector.

To date, the project has reached over 220 schools, trained hundreds of teachers and engaged with thousands of children. Now in its 4th year, the project is continuing to gain support from rail companies throughout the UK, who have come onboard after seeing the positive engagement from schools and young people.
Jim Brewin, head of UK and Ireland, Hitachi Rail said “Inspiring the next generation sits at the heart of the Hitachi Rail philosophy and as part of our extensive education programme we are proud to have been the founding partner of the Primary Engineer Rail Project. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Primary Engineer and other stakeholders for many years to come.”

Business Minister Lord Callanan said: “I am enormously proud to support the Primary Engineer programme which, along with Rail Forum Midlands and industry partners, will help to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers.This scheme is hugely ambitious, helping school children across the East Midlands, one of the rail industry’s traditional heartlands, to ignite their interest in the fundamentals of engineering for years to come.”

Amit Kotecha, Senior Campaigns Manager said: “The Primary Engineer Rail Project brings the rail sector to life and helps stimulate young people’s creativity and inquisitiveness. The programme enables young people to meet our STEM role models to find out more about career opportunities, learn about our exciting and innovative projects making it an industry and career choice they aspire to work in. We are delighted to support the programme for the second year which will reach thousands of young people, giving Network Rail the opportunity to engage with the next generation of inventors and engineers.”

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive at Network Rail said: “We’re encouraging more people into engineering and that’s why we’re getting involved in initiatives that bring the sector to life and help stimulate young people’s creativity and inquisitiveness. We are delighted to support the Primary Engineer Rail Project for the second year, and to be part of the growing number of key industry partners, which will reach thousands of young people across the country over the year and we’re proud to be a part of it. We are looking for the next generation of innovators and engineers to join us and help us to deliver a safe, reliable and green service for our passengers. I can’t wait to see the ideas that get put forward.”

Currently, the 2021/22 the project will be delivered in over 240 schools with partners including:

Fully Funded CPD Course

Join us on our fully-funded one day practical CPD course for our Primary Engineer Rail Project which will enable you to deliver a whole-class, curriculum-mapped engineering project and be partnered with a professional engineer from local companies in the area to work with you on the training day and after with pupils in the classroom!

Tools and kit to run the project with pupils is also included and lesson plans and additional resources are available to support the project in the classroom

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