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Siemens Mobility & BEIS connect Primary Engineer’s Rail Project with schools in Yorkshire



Primary Engineer is excited to announce Siemens Mobility and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as funding partners for the Primary Engineer Rail Project, connecting Siemens rail industry professionals with schools across the Goole area for an inspiring introduction to STEM.

Significant changes are happening now and in the near future in the world of mobility requiring a pipeline of incredible, innovative engineering professionals. Siemens Mobility is bringing Goole into the centre of this with the construction of a new train manufacturing site and rail village with innovations centres and a supplier park – unlocking the potential of the area and creating skilled jobs in this exciting engineering sector. Partnering with BEIS and Primary Engineer to bring the Primary Engineer Rail Project to local schools creates career aspiration in the community, supports skills development and looks to tackle the engineering deficit the UK faces.

Business Minister Lord Callanan said:

“As East Yorkshire benefits from its emerging status as a centre of advanced rail technology, so will local school children, thanks to the Primary Engineer programme which this government is proud to sponsor. This ambitious programme will inspire children across the area to become our next generation of engineers, thanks in no small part to the area’s railway heritage and exciting future role in that industry.”

Dr Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer, said:

“The Rail Sector is an exciting, dynamic area of engineering where we are witnessing new technologies and the evolution of transport. Our Partnership with Siemens Mobility and BEIS to bring the Primary Engineer Rail Project will provide pupils and teachers with an opportunity to engage with and be excited by engineering and the rail sector and to meet and work with Siemens engineering professionals in an inclusive way. Through our practical training days, teachers will be empowered to deliver the projects whole-class meaning that all pupils, regardless of gender or ethnicity or background have the same opportunity to be inspired by engineering and be involved in the rail projects.”

Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director of Rolling Stock and Customer Services for Siemens Mobility in the UK, said:

“We are delighted to work with Primary Engineer and the local schools across the Goole area. Our vision is to make Goole the Centre of Excellence for rail technology, so it is vitally important that we inspire children in STEM subjects and excite them about the range of opportunities there are in the field of engineering. We have created an exhibition in a real train carriage onsite and look forward to welcoming schools to experience first-hand working on a train and learn about all the different roles that there are. The first trains

we will be building at the train factory will be the new Piccadilly line Tube trains for Transport for London and we are so excited to show school children the trains that they could actually be building in the future.”

Primary Engineer’s Rail Project offers Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 teachers CPD training, tools and consumables and classroom resources to deliver the curriculum-mapped, engineering-based lessons with a rail context and links them to engineering professionals to support in the classroom. Siemens Mobility engineering professionals will give a real-world context and support pupils with engineering concepts such as design, problem solving, testing and evaluation, improving and adapting through the project-based learning.”