Hargreaves Ductwork Ltd has launched an inspiring new programme designed to encourage young people to take up a career in engineering.
The Hargreaves Engineering Young Talent Programme will see the Bury-based company partner with local high schools, providing pupils with essential practical experience by working on real-life engineering projects.
Following the success of the pilot scheme which ran last year, Hargreaves has teamed up with Philips High School in Manchester and Woodhey High School in Bury to officially launch the programme.
Pupils participating in the initiative will gain a greater understanding of career opportunities within the engineering industry, including project estimating, accounting, graphic design and manufacturing. In addition, the challenges set throughout the programme will ensure that the learning process remains fun and age-appropriate.
Tim Hopkinson, managing director at Hargreaves, explained: “Our aim is to work with children on a local level so they understand what engineering really is, as well as the career opportunities available in the industry. Not only do we want to continue providing jobs to those living in the area, as we have done for more than 140 years, but we also hope to inspire the future generation of engineers.”
Through the programme, Hargreaves will introduce the skills required for a career in engineering or manufacturing, from technical and design through to CV writing and interview skills.
“There is a real need for work-ready employees in the engineering industry,” Tim continued.“This is coupled with a significant level of unemployment amongst young people who are more than capable. We are therefore totally committed to working with local organisations to help bridge this gap wherever possible and provide a path for development beyond school.
“With nuclear new build on the horizon and significant signs of business growth,the industry has more to offer young people than ever before, highlighting a need to entice more young people into the industry”.
Pupils across each year group participating in the programme will be given aspecific engineering assignment, where they will work in small teams to complete the tasks. The activity will culminate in an exhilarating grand final taking place in March 2014.
In addition, pupils in year nine, along with their parents, were invited to a special open day on 3 December 2013, held in conjunction with Bury College, Wilkinson’s Academy and others.
Attendees were able to learn more about the engineering and manufacturing industries speak to those already working in the field and access information about career and training opportunities.
For more information on the Engineering Young Talent Programme, please contact Paul Moklak by calling 0161 762 2317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.