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Over 30 pupils from local schools recently took part in an engineering challenge at AWE, designed to inspire the next generation to take up an engineering apprenticeship.
The year ten and 11 pupils were given a tour of the AWE Skills Academy where apprentices are trained in mechanical maintenance, electrical maintenance, electronic maintenance, precision machining and control and instrumentation.
The AWE apprenticeship scheme has been running for over 60 years, is nationally recognised and has recruited over 4000 people.
AWE apprentices helped organize and run the recent school event which aimed to encourage young people into both engineering and apprenticeships.
AWE electronics apprentice Amy Lambden said: “We are hoping to appeal to young people. The pupils have really enjoyed seeing and learning about engineering. The feedback I’ve received is that many didn’t know just how diverse engineering is. There is still a pre-conceived view engineering is stereotypically a male role. Events like today help to break down these opinions.”
Julie Poynter Operations Director at The Basingstoke Consortium that provides a link between local businesses and schools said: “AWE is an important local employer who has recruited apprentices from the local community for 60 years. The employability event offered thirty year ten and 11 students a fantastic opportunity to participate in a half-day engineering challenge hosted by the Skills Academy. The event has increased awareness of the important work undertaken by AWE and inspired students to make applications for September 2016 apprentice intake.”
In teams the pupils from Aldworth School, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise School and Bishop Challoner School, were asked to design a device that could float with a heavy weight on top.
Laura Gregory Science Technician for Cranbourne School said: “The pupils have been very enthusiastic about this event. They were very excited to actually see what the apprentices do here, it has been nice to learn in many ways that AWE is just like any other normal business.”
To apply for the AWE Apprenticeship Scheme go to www.AWE.co.uk/careers or for more information on the scheme you can attend an AWE apprenticeship open evening at Tadley Library, Mulford Hill, on Tuesday December 1 from 3pm – 8pm.