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Educational Charity The Smallpeice Trust to Put Students on the Right Track for a Career in Railway Engineering

In the summer of 2014, The Smallpeice Trust will be running two Railway Engineering residential courses at the University of Birmingham (14th 17th July) and the University of Huddersfield (21st 24th July) for one hundred budding young engineers.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, February 21, 2014 --( Independent educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has recently launched a new course timetable for 2014 and is seeking hundreds of 12 to 17 year old students to sample their engineering taster courses. Any student can apply to attend a wide range of subsidised residential courses which take place at universities nationwide. Subjects include Artificial Intelligence, Automotive Engineering, High Speed Communications, Renewable Energy, and Structural Engineering. These are designed for students with an interest or natural flair in Science, Maths, Design or Technology with a view to encouraging them to consider a career in engineering.

In the summer of 2014, The Smallpeice Trust will be running two Railway Engineering residential courses at the University of Birmingham (14th – 17th July) and the University of Huddersfield (21st – 24th July) for one hundred budding young engineers. Sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE), these courses explore the technologies and operational systems that are needed to create a high speed railway network and form part of a major initiative to encourage young people to consider railway engineering as a possible career in the future.

On each course, the fifteen to seventeen year old students (Years 11 and 12) will take part in a wide range of hands-on activities which explore a variety of subjects including aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, crashworthiness, radio communications, railway control and signaling systems. Students will also explore the scientific principles behind these and see just how challenging and rewarding a career in railway engineering can be.

Competing in small teams, students will be challenged to design and build railway vehicles to see which perform best on the track, in a wind tunnel and in a crash test. Throughout the process, students will be confronted with real-life issues including why communication systems are essential for the safe and efficient operation of our railways.

The Railway Engineering courses cost £275 each for four days full board, and include all course materials and supervised social activities. On each course, students will meet and talk to young engineers who are following a path in these exciting fields, giving them a greater understanding of the roles they undertake and the wide range of career prospects that are available.

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.

Courses details and application forms can be accessed from Applications are reviewed and offered on a first come first served basis.

Notes to editors:

Attention Press:

Media are invited to attend the courses. Contact The Smallpeice Trust in the first instance.

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 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.

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The Smallpeice Trust:
Claire Fisher
+44(0)1926 333203

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