Students Manage Their Future Careers in Engineering with Help from the Smallpeice Trust
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, August 23, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Thirty-eight students, aged 15 to 17 from schools across the UK, recently attended the ECITB Project Management course from 28th to 31st July at the University of Reading. The residential programme was designed through a partnership between The Smallpeice Trust and Cranfield University, and was financially supported by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).
Students were given the opportunity to discover their potential as project managers as they worked alongside real-life project managers to learn about this essential multi-faceted discipline. Within the field of engineering construction project management is a crucial skill that allows goals and objectives to be safely achieved within time and budget.
Under the guidance of two world class experts from Cranfield University, the students worked in teams to scope a music concert and then plan a project to install a new aquatic centre roof under their guidance. The students really got to discover, develop and practice their project management skills and use them to ensure their projects were completed on time and within budget.
Students taking part in the course also developed core life skills in team building, communication, time management, problem solving and presentations. Social activities included a DVD night and sports night. The course culminated with a reception and formal course dinner which gave students a unique opportunity to present their work to those that had supported the course, along with specially invited guests.
David Edwards, Chief Executive of the ECITB commented, “This course was the first of its kind, giving students a thorough understanding of how projects, however big or small, are successfully completed. It was exciting to see the students deliver their final presentations and talk animatedly about project management; the successes and the challenges! My personal thanks go to the Smallpeice Trust and Cranfield University for making this course such a huge success; it was both educational and inspirational. Most importantly, students came away having learnt some real life lessons which they could apply throughout their education and future careers.”
Bill Johnson, Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University commented, “It was really great to see so many young potential engineers having ‘light-bulb moments’ where the ‘complicated’ just became ‘organised’ and enjoyable as well. Hopefully the skills they learned on this course will help them through life whatever course they take.”
Dr. Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust added, “Given the complexity of the 21st Century, Project Management is perhaps one of the most valuable skills we can equip young people with. Thanks to generous sponsorship from the ECITB, we have been able to run this brand new Project Management course as part of our annual programme of residential courses.”
The ECITB Project Management course is organised by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 12 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 17,495 students across the UK in the past year.
The new course timetable for 2015 will be launched in the autumn school term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more, visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.
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About The Smallpeice Trust:
The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charitable trust which promotes engineering as a career, primarily through the provision of residential courses for young people aged 12 to 18.
The Smallpeice Trust was founded in 1966 by Dr Cosby Smallpeice, a pioneering engineer and inventor of the Smallpeice Lathe. Following the stock market flotation of his company Martonair, Dr Smallpeice invested his energy and part of his personal fortune to set up the Trust to ensure that British industry could continuously benefit from his proven design and engineering philosophies: “Simplicity in design, economy in production.”
The Trust is now governed by an eminent board of non-executive trustees and members from a diverse range of engineering, industry, educational and professional bodies.
Over the past year, The Smallpeice Trust has engaged with 17,495 young people through 35 different subsidised residential courses, in-school STEM Days and starting up STEM Clubs. More emphasis has been put on programmes physically delivered by The Smallpeice Trust. The Smallpeice Trust has also trained 1,280 teachers to enhance their delivery of STEM in the classroom.
A strong interface is maintained with industry, education and professional bodies that help to support, promote and develop the courses. Through these relationships the Trust is also able to provide a number of tailored or specialised courses.