Students on Board for a Career in Marine Technology Thanks to the Smallpeice Trust

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, August 02, 2014 --( From 21st to 24th July, one hundred students from schools across the UK attended a Marine Technology course at the University of Portsmouth. The course provided the 13 and 14 year old students with a fun-filled timetable of educational and fun activities to give them a unique insight into the marine industry and the diverse and rewarding careers that it can offer.

The four-day residential programme was sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and organised by education charity, The Smallpeice Trust. Working alongside engineers from Babcock Marine, students were set to work on the main design-and-make project to build their own ship against set criteria and specifications such as being able to carry a certain amount of weight and travel at a certain speed. On the final morning students tested their ships in the swimming pool at HMS Temeraire.

Students taking part in the course developed 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 went on a cruise around Portsmouth’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.

Eileen Kinghan, LRF Grants Manager commented, “It is vitally important that we have the right supply and quality of engineering professionals for the future of the UK’s economy. This course helps develop young people’s knowledge and understanding of the vital place engineering has in the real world. We hope that the experience will encourage more of them to embark on a career in the marine technology sector.”

Dr. Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust added, “Thanks to our sponsor, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, we were able to introduce students to the application of engineering in the field of Marine Technology, giving them the chance to experience it first-hand, whilst encouraging them to consider a future career in a prosperous industry that can take them all over the world. The students on this course demonstrated a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to the subject, which came across in abundance during their presentations to their peers.”

The Marine Technology 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 333200.

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 Lloyd’s Register Foundation:

Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), a UK registered charity and sole shareholder of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd, invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide.

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