University launches competition encouraging more kids into engineering

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) alongside Primary Engineer Programmes have launched a competition to encourage more kids in the South East to go into engineering.

CCCU has partnered with Primary Engineer Programmes for the new South East region.

The competition, called“If you were an engineer, what would you do?” will link primary and secondary schools across Kent, Essex, East Sussex with the University and engineering firms.

Christ Church hopes the competition will inspire a generation of young people from all backgrounds to seek a rewarding career in engineering, science and technology.

The competition was announced last week at Augustine Hall, Canterbury

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The competition taps into the latest design and engineering skills that most young people have, it captures the creativity of young minds and nurtures that talent by showing them that engineering can be a rewarding and world changing career.

“We are delighted to be working with Primary Engineer Programmes as their partner for the South East, as well as the region’s primary and secondary schools and local engineering firms who will be providing their engineers to be interviewed and help with grading all the entries into the competition.”

‘Engineering can be a rewarding and world changing career’

In partnership with local industry expertise, the University will deliver a new industry-informed flexible curriculum in engineering, technology and product design. This new exciting partnership will benefit Kent and the wider region by addressing higher level skills shortages in STEM subjects and support the regional economic growth, adding between £7.6m to £11.4m into the regional economy each year.

Professor Helen James, senior pro vice-chancellor of CCCU added: “By working in partnership with local businesses and stakeholders we will be able to respond to the need for more trained STEM specialists; inspiring a generation of young people from all backgrounds and equipping them with the high-quality skills they need for a rewarding career in engineering, science and technology. The partnership with Primary Engineer Programmes is an integral part of this.”

[Left to right] Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Chris Rochester, UK Director Primary Engineer Programmes and Professor Helen James, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor.
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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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