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Students Enjoy a BAE Systems Engineering Experience with the Smallpeice Trust

A group of 12 and 13 year olds from across the UK enjoyed a 4-day residential engineering experience at Lancaster organised by BAE Systems and the Smallpeice Trust.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 11, 2014 --( From 30th June to 3rd July, forty-nine promising 12 and 13 year olds from across the UK benefitted from a unique hands-on learning experience at Lancaster University. This four-day residential programme was organised by The Smallpeice Trust and sponsored by BAE Systems to provide students with the opportunity to learn about engineering through a series of presentations and practical hands-on workshops.

Working in teams, they spent two days of the course tackling ‘real-life’ challenges on projects designed and facilitated by young role model engineers from various divisions of BAE Systems. Students were tasked with designing, building and testing a remote controlled vehicle capable of negotiating various types of terrain whilst searching out objects to complete a mission. This gave them first-hand experience of how some of the most advanced engineering projects are developed.

As well as working on the design, build and test elements of these projects, they developed life skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, time management, finance and presentation. Students also benefitted from careers talks which gave them some inspiration about where a career in the engineering industry could take them.

Social activities included a sports night, a film night and a formal course dinner and disco which enabled students to discuss their projects with guests from industry and discover more about careers within engineering.

Claire Fisher, spokesperson for The Smallpeice Trust commented, “With the continued generous financial support from BAE Systems, we have been able to run this short taster course to inspire the next generation of engineers. Practical engineering activities like this will encourage young people to enter the profession and equip them with some of the skills needed to meet the social, environmental and economic challenges of the future.”

Richard Hamer, Education Director & Head of Early Career Programmes added, ''Ensuring the Company has the right supply and quality of skilled people it will need in the future is vitally important. That is why it is so important that BAE Systems should work now with schools and young people. Our partnership with The Smallpeice Trust enables us to reach out successfully to young people and inspire them about careers in engineering. It is fantastic that through our partnership, and the creative energy and technical skills of our graduates and apprentices involved, we can provide young people with the practical hands on experience of engineering that will help inspire them to choose engineering as a career.”

The BAE Systems Engineering Experience course is organised by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 12 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 17,495 students across the UK in the past year.

The new course timetable for 2015 will be launched in the autumn school term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more, visit, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 33320001926 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 12 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.

About BAE Systems:

BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 88,200 people worldwide. Their wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services.
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Claire Fisher
+44(0)1926 333203

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