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Wigan school pupils engineering design success
Friday 31st May, 2013

Wigan Careers Service is linking up schools and businesses in a new project designed to encourage and enthuse young people to think about careers in Science, Technology and Engineering related fields.

Pupils from St John Fisher and The Deanery CE high schools are working alongside mentors from two local companies, Tudor NW and MBDA, on this exciting new project.

The pupils have been set a real-life design project by organisers Wigan Careers Service and ProCo NW. The pupils must design and produce an eco-friendly chicken coop made from recyclable materials within a budget and to an agreed time scale. The pupils will then display their models and designs at the Big Bang event which is being held in Liverpool later this year.

Ian Guest, team leader at Wigan Careers Service, run by Wigan Council, said: “We targeted Year 9 pupils as we believe the earlier young people start to think about their career ideas, the better prepared they will be when they leave school.

“It has been shown that pupils’ aspirations are raised and horizons expanded when they are in contact with employers and we want to help the pupils to get the most up-to-date information that only an employer can give.”

Arthur Naylor, director of Tudor Heating, who is acting as one of the mentors to the pupils added: “Taking the pupils out of school and into a work environment where they can be enthused and develop a passion for a career in the engineering sector is a great idea. It is important that the pupils get to hear an employer’s perspective of what it is like to work in this sector and to understand how the subjects they study at school will help them in the future.”

It is hoped the Wigan Scholarship pilot will lead the way for Wigan Careers Service to roll out the project to other schools in the borough in the next academic year, from September 2013.

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