Engineering Education Scheme
The Engineering Education Scheme in England & Scotland is an EDT Programme which links teams of talented and motivated Year 12 (age 16/17) students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The scheme runs from October to April each year.
- Cost effective project solutions - By collaborating with students on your business projects, you are unlocking the potential to make financial savings from successful projects. EDT reported that 70% of the teams taking part in the scheme reported actual or potential financial benefit to the link company.
- A fresh perspective - The students bring not only enthusiasm, but also a fresh perspective. Employers often feedback that students tackle problems objetively, without the 'baggage' of seasoned employees such as the limits of perceived budgetry constraints.
- An opportunity for high quality professional development for your engineers and scientists - The time dedicated to the scheme may well involve research and skill development in order to support the students. The work completed on the EES can also be used towards a chartership. It also goes without saying that the EES is a platform which enables you or your colleagues to develop mentoring and communication skills. In all, all participants are learning and developing.
- An opportunity to address recruitment issues - One way of tackling recruitment difficulties is to provide outreach. Through the Engineering Education Scheme (EES), your company has the opportunity to develop key skills directly in schools, helping develop a future talent pool.
A representative from Thales explained his motivation for taking on an EES team.
"EES provides multiple benefits to an engineering company like mine. As well as exposing my company to scores of prospective future engineers, the projects undertaken by the students are specific to each company. This means 4 – 6 ‘free’ resources over a six-month period that can target a problem that budgets may not have accounted for.
In return, the students obtain real-world insight into the engineering profession, develop strong links with individuals who have succeeded in the field and gather understanding as to how their academic modules can be applied.
For a professional, this is a very rewarding experience as you get to witness the “eureka” moment when a student is enthused and inspired by engineering. For young engineers hoping to become chartered, this scheme will develop various competencies recognised by accredited institutions. Budgets don’t have to be large." Abiola Onike, Thales
To find out more, or get involved with the Engineering Education Scheme, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK)
GSK is science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in the pharmaceuticals industry.
L-3 Link Simulation and Training
A leading systems integrator that supplies advanced simulation systems, training services and aircraft contractor logistics support.
Photek is a specialist manufacturer and global supplier of vacuum based tubes and camera systems for photon detection. It supports the Engineering Education Scheme. Read about their EES experience.
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"I get to build robots again! Working with young people has been rewarding and it has broadened my skills base. It has enriched my working experience and enables me to get a change of scenery."
"The scheme is Important to Balfour Beatty Living Places as it provides an invaluable opportunity to engage with students in the local community and increases their awareness of what we do as a company."
Graduate Civil Engineer, Balfour Beatty
"EES is considered the premier workplace experience programme for sixth form students who are interested in science and engineering and has an excellent record in inspiring young people into careers in these subjects....The development of key skills for local industry is vital for the future prosperity of the South."
EDT Head of Schools Programmes, South of England