Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (2 – 6 November) highlights to young people that engineering is a creative, problem solving, exciting career that improves the world around us.
Artificial intelligence, exploring space or supporting motor sports are just some of the options open to engineers. The increasing impact of technology means engineering is now at the forefront of some amazing industries and opportunities.
At Brannel School, we have members of our Alumni who have gone on to pursue careers in engineering such as Dominic Bilkey who left in 1999 and is now the Head of Sound and Video at the National Theatre. Dominic was heavily involved in school productions during his time at Brannel and went on to study at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. After graduating he began a busy career in Professional Sound for Theatre. He has toured extensively engineering and designing for Kneehigh Theatre among others.
It’s important to smash industry stereotypes and inspire the next generation of engineers. Brannel Alumni member, Sarah Rogers, graduated with a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University. Sarah was Engineering Production Lead for Princess Yachts and is now Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Babcock International.
During Tomorrow’s Engineering Week and throughout this term, students in Year 10 are participating in a series of STEM activities within Brannel Challenge. The lessons are designed to encourage students to work together in small groups to solve problems whilst developing their communication and design skills.
Throughout the year we organise career events for students to learn more about engineering, including sessions with The British Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers and trips to Plymouth University for Science and Technology Showcases. Whilst we’re not able to offer as many face-to-face opportunities right now, we are continuing to provide valuable experiences to our students within school to ensure that they are fully aware of the possibilities of a career in engineering.