Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 23, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- One hundred 13 and 14 year old students from schools across the UK, recently attended a Marine Technology course from the 6th to 9th July at the University of Southampton. The course provided students with a jam-packed timetable of educational and fun activities to give students an unique insight into the marine industry and the diverse and rewarding careers that it can offer.
The four-day residential programme was generously financially supported by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust. Working alongside facilitators from Babcock Marine and the University’s School of Engineering Sciences, students were set to work on the main hands-on design and make project to build their own ship against set criteria and strict specifications. On the final morning students tested their ships in the university swimming pool. Students taking part in the course expanded their core life skills in team building, communication, time management, problem solving and presentations.
As part of the course, students were taken on a visit to BAE Systems which gave them an insight into engineering on a commercial scale. They also had the opportunity to go on-board HMS Warrior, located at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, and took part in a cruise around Southampton’s harbour to demonstrate the importance of marine transportation to the nation and to the prosperity of the region.
The exciting mix of theoretical and practical activities was enjoyed by all the students who showcased their designs and projects to senior representatives from major companies in an exhibition and formal dinner on the final night in a grand finale to the four-day event.
Michael Franklin, Director of The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust commented, ''Ensuring that we have the right supply and quality of skilled engineering people is vitally important. It’s only through practical engineering activities like this that young people will be encouraged to embark on a career in the marine technology sector. All credit to the students on the course as they embraced the opportunity and showed extreme dedication and enthusiasm to their projects and to the course as a whole.”
Dr. Andrew Cave, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust said, “Thanks to our sponsor, The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust, we are able to give students a first taste of what it is like to work in the field of marine engineering. Marine Technology is an incredibly interesting course as it opens doors to exciting careers in an industry that operates all over the world. The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust also sponsors our second popular annual marine course at the University of Strathclyde.”
The Marine Technology course is run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme to help young people aged 10 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 15,630 students across the UK in the past year.
The new course timetable for 2011 will be launched in September. 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 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. Over the past year, The Smallpeice Trust has reached out to around 16,000 young people through 32 different subsidised 4-day residential courses and 1-day in-school curriculum enrichment masterclasses.
For more information, visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk
About The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust:
The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (LRET) is an independent charity that was established in 2004. Its principal purpose is to support advances in transportation, science, engineering and technology education, training and research worldwide for the benefit of all. It also funds work that enhances the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air.
For more information, visit www.lr.org/about_us/LRET