100 Students on the Right Track for a Career in Railway Engineering with The Smallpeice Trust

The Smallpeice Trust will be running a Railway Engineering course at the University of Liverpool from 10th to 13th April 2012 designed for one hundred 13 and 14 year-old (year 9) students.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, December 11, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Independent educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has launched its new 2012 course timetable and is now seeking hundreds of 13 to 17 year old students to sample their taster engineering courses. Any student can apply to attend a wide range of subsidised four-day residential courses which take place at universities nationwide. Subjects include Engineering Construction, Marine Technology, Mobile Communications, Naval Architecture, Nuclear Engineering and Structural Engineering. These are designed to attract students that have an interest or natural flair in Science, Maths, Design or Technology to consider a career in engineering.

The Smallpeice Trust will be running a Railway Engineering course at the University of Liverpool from 10th to 13th April 2012 designed for one hundred students. Sponsored by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust and the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE), this residential course gives 13 and 14 year old students (Year 9) the chance to explore the design, construction and operation of railways and look into their future.

Over the four days, the students will be teamed up with engineers from leading railway companies such as Babcock Rail, FirstGroup Plc, Network Rail and Transport for London to design and build trains, railway systems and components in a series of hands-on workshops. They will tackle real-life scenarios and will need to work within a budget that would make their project commercially viable. Students will also be given a greater understanding of the wide range of career prospects.

All Smallpeice courses are linked to the National Curriculum and are designed to improve core skills such as team building, financial management, communication and problem solving. By attending one of our courses students will gain experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.

The Railway Engineering course, costs £95 for 4-days full board, all course materials and supervised social activities. Course information and application forms can be accessed from www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk or by telephoning 01926 333200. Interested students are advised to apply early, as applications will be reviewed and places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Notes to editors:

Media are invited to come along on 12th April 2012 to view the students in action. Contact The Smallpeice Trust if you would like to attend.

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.

In the past academic year, The Smallpeice Trust has reached out to 18,175 young people through 37 different subsidised 4-day residential courses and 1-day in-school STEM Days. The Smallpeice Trust has also trained 674 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.

For more information about The Smallpeice Trust visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk

The Smallpeice Trust:
Gemma Murphy
+44(0)1926 333214
or contact:
Hayley Charlesworth
Marketing Support Officer
Tel: 01926 333206
Fax: 01926 333202
Email: hayleyc@smallpeicetrust.org.uk