The Smallpeice Trust to Attend the Big Bang Fair

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, March 11, 2010 --( Educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust is due to take part in the annual Big Bang Fair which will be held this year at Manchester Central from 11th to 13th March.

The fair which aims to inspire young people into a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) will provide the ideal platform to showcase what the Trust has to offer to an estimated 10,000 visitors, including students, journalists, celebrities and VIPs.

Over the 3 days, Education Officers from The Smallpeice Trust will be working together to provide young people with an insight into the world of engineering in which pupils attending stand IO1 will be given the opportunity to ask questions and take part in a 15 minute design-and-make project. Based on The Smallpeice Trust STEM Days these mini projects aim to improve students’ creative thinking and problem solving skills whilst inspiring young people to think about how great a career in engineering could be.

Dr Andrew Cave, Chief Executive from the Trust commented, “The task that the students will face on our stand is to design and make a piece of third world equipment to sort contaminated rice from good rice. We use this as an ice breaker elsewhere and the students always rise to the challenge.”

Founded by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, the Trust has grown tremendously over the past 43 years, helping thousands of young people find a successful career in a multitude of disciplines within the industry from electronics, marine technology, and power engineering, to sports materials and low carbon energy. Over the last year, over 15,000 students have attended a Smallpeice Trust activity.

The programme is predominantly delivered through subsidised four-day residential training courses designed to stimulate interest in engineering while providing work-related learning through live projects with engineers from a variety of industries.

Introductory one-day in-school curriculum enrichment activities are also available to suit school timetables. These are supported by leading industry, educational and professional bodies that help promote, develop and successfully deliver the activities.

Bookings are now being taken for summer residential courses. Visit or telephone 01926 333200 for full timetable.

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 13 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.

This year, The Smallpeice Trust will reach out to over 15,000 young people through over 30 different subsidised 4-day residential courses and 1-day in-school curriculum enrichment activities, offering training in all aspects of Engineering.

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.

All courses are affiliated to the Royal Academy of Engineering Best Programme and are approved by the Learning Grid quality standard which provides independent assurance that a particular activity will be fit for its stated purpose and offers a benchmark that the activity meets the needs of industry, teachers and individual participants.

For more information about The Smallpeice Trust and the training they provide, please visit

The Smallpeice Trust
Gemma Murphy
01926 333214
or contact:
Claire Ford
01926 333203