Youngsters Set Sail for a Career in Nuclear Marine Engineering with the Smallpeice Trust

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 29, 2010 --( Leading engineering support Services Company, Babcock International Group, the Defence Academy and the Royal Navy teamed up with educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust to offer 50 school students from across the UK the chance to gain an insight into nuclear marine engineering.

From the 19th to 22nd July this four-day residential course for 13 and 14 year old students took place at an exclusive venue at HMS SULTAN in Gosport – where the Royal Navy trains its marine and nuclear engineers. The facility is also being increasingly used by industry as a venue for apprentice training. Through a series of practical workshops and lectures provided by the staff from the Nuclear Department of the Defence Academy, the budding young engineers learnt about nuclear power including how a nuclear reactor works and the associated propulsion and electrical generation systems.

Students also experienced the unique opportunity of staying in the Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Bristol moored at Portsmouth Harbour. Social activities included a submarine museum tour, and a harbour tour by boat. The course culminated with a reception and full mess dinner held in the Wardroom at HMS Excellent where students were able to discuss their achievements to the companies that had supported the course along with specially invited guests.

During the course students developed life skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and time management. Students also had the opportunity to learn about the different options available to them if they wish to have a future career in nuclear marine engineering.

Gemma Murphy, Head of Marketing and Development commented “It is always a pleasure to work with Babcock International Group and the Royal Navy on this course. Throughout the four days the students showed extreme dedication and enthusiasm to their projects and the course as a whole. By running this course, students were able to have fun whilst learning how rewarding a career in nuclear marine engineering could be.”

Rosemary Prout, Babcock Marine Graduate Training Manager, stated “The experiences they take from this course will provide the students with an insight into the exciting possibilities of a career in nuclear marine engineering.”

Lieutenant Frankie Vaughan, a Nuclear Engineering Submariner and the Royal Navy lead for the course added “as the centre of excellence for the training of Officers and Ratings of the Marine Engineering Submariner specialisation, HMS SULTAN and the Defence Academy’s Nuclear Department are well placed to provide a valuable insight into the fascinating world of nuclear engineering. The Royal Navy is pleased to work with youth organisations such as The Smallpeice Trust to enthuse the engineers of tomorrow and highlight the benefits of a career in the field of nuclear engineering.”

The Nuclear Marine Engineering course is run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of residential courses to help young people aged 10 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running over 32 residential courses and STEM enrichment sessions, The Trust has reached out to around 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, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.


Notes to editors

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 10 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 over 16,000 young people through 32 different subsidised 4-day residential courses and 1-day in-school curriculum enrichment masterclasses.

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