Engineering on pupils’ agenda

Bede Academy students Molly Ledger, Isla Jones and Alice Jones with Army Royal Engineer Kyle Hughes-Francis take part in a challenge at the engineering day.
Bede Academy students Molly Ledger, Isla Jones and Alice Jones with Army Royal Engineer Kyle Hughes-Francis take part in a challenge at the engineering day.
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STUDENTS have been engineering a brighter future with the help of some of the county’s leading experts.

Year 9 students at Bede Academy in Blyth took part in a specially organised engineering day with a host of companies and organisations ranging from the Army, Royal Navy and The Aviation Company to BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Surgo Construction.

The event has become an annual experience for students at a time when they have to make crucial decisions on the GSCE courses they will take at the academy, which has enterprise and engineering specialisms.

Students spent the day assessing industry, career opportunities, training pathways, listening to presentations, asking questions and taking part in problem solving activities.

Assistant vice-principal Alan Corner said: “Our students gained an incredible insight into the potential careers in the local community and the world at large throughout the course of our dedicated engineering day.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the organisations for taking part and giving the young people such invaluable experience which could help them to decide which direction they take in their lives.”

Also taking part were Newcastle-based British Engines Ltd, the architecture centre for the North of England Northern Architecture, Northumberland-based IHC Engineering, national renewable energy experts NaREC, the Training and Development Resource, which promotes engineering and science-based careers, architects, building surveyors and interior designers the Howarth Litchfield Partnership and Newcastle consulting engineers Cundall.