Membership helping schools careers programme in response to employers’ concerns

Silverstone Technology Cluster

12th July 2022

The Silverstone Technology Cluster and its business members have helped provide invaluable careers awareness advice to hundreds of Year 8 and 9 students as part of founding member MEPC Silverstone Park’s Schools Programme (#SPSchools).

STC CEO Pim van Baarsen joined Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Enovation Consulting, Delta Cosworth, PUNCH Flybrid, Silverstone Composites, the Silverstone Sports Engineering Group and TD Group in participating in the programme as part of its network of business volunteers.

More than 600 young people at The Buckingham School, Kingsthorpe College in Northampton and Sponne School in Towcester have benefited from advice on careers awareness and pathways from face-to-face engagement with the volunteers in their classrooms.

Many are set to visit Silverstone Park in July for an exclusive tour of businesses there to learn more about cutting edge technologies and types of careers in the worlds of advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Enovation’s Partnerships & Engagement Manager Jule Schulte enthused: “Having had their education affected by Covid as much as these students have, it’s more important than ever to not only provide them with the opportunity to participate in engaging activities that align with their curriculum, but also encourage them to develop passions and interests that can eventually take them beyond the realms of their school career.

“Our STEM workshop, as well as all other workshops and speed networking sessions delivered allowed the students to catch a glimpse of what career opportunities lie within the world of motorsport and technology – whether they choose to work in this industry in the future or not.”

And said Delta Cosworth Founder Simon Dowson: “It is great to give young local children the opportunity to understand the different types of businesses in the area.

“The support shown from Silverstone Park (in running the programme) shows how much businesses want to try and inform and inspire these youngsters.”

The Silverstone Park Schools Programme was initially launched in 2018 – a response by MEPC to local employers’ concerns about a skills shortage.

Since, its volunteer network has reached several thousand students through a series of events. These were put on hold during the Covid pandemic which forced the programme to go online only, but in 2022 the programme has been able to return with many of its previous activities.

Pim van Baarsen said: “It’s really important to increase awareness not only with students but also the schools about the opportunities in the area, so we’ve been keen to work alongside our members to convey that message.

“The more we can inspire and encourage youngsters to take up these career paths the better.

“The STC membership is full of businesses who work hard to bring on young talent and I would certainly recommend being a part of this programme.”

STC member businesses interested in becoming a Silverstone Park Schools Programme volunteer are asked to email rwilliams@mepc.com for further details.

 

By Carl McKellar

 

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