Friday, March 26, 2010

News: Rotherham students take engineering challenge


Students from Rotherham will join 22 schools and colleges across Yorkshire and the Humber as they battle it out to create the ultimate 21st century train carriage in the "The Northern Rail Engineering Challenge."

Northern and the Young People's Enterprise Forum (YPEF) have challenged the youngsters, aged between 14 and 19, to develop their engineering skills by designing and building detailed scale models of train carriages, meeting the most up-to-date customer service and engineering standards.

Stuart Draper, Engineering Director at Northern, said: "Engineering offers a career where people not only use their creativity, but can also shape the future, making a difference to the way that we live our lives.

"We're proud to be launching the "Engineering Challenge" in Yorkshire and the Humber, which will give the youngsters involved a real opportunity to get first-hand business experience and help them understand how exciting and rewarding a career in engineering can be."

Following the submission of designs, a shortlist of schools and colleges will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges at an awards ceremony in July, where the winning team will scoop a three month unlimited rail pass with Northern and gain the priceless experience of helping the engineering team at Northern shape the next programme of train improvements.

Rotherham student visited Northern's Neville Hill train maintenance depot in Leeds to learn about train maintenance and improvements, experience the sights and sounds of a working rail depot and talk to staff about their work.

Suzy Alderson, Executive Director of YPEF Services Ltd said: "Taking young people out of the classroom and into the world of work is an excellent way to inspire them by giving learning a real world context. The Northern Rail Engineering Challenge does just this, putting young people's creativity and skills to the test to solve a real business task.

"Engineering is an important sector for the region’s economy and this project, funded by Yorkshire Forward, is an excellent way to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering."

The initiative is funded by Yorkshire Forward, supported by YPEF as part of the £2.64m Embedding Enterprise in Education programme and delivered by Rotherham MBC.

YPEF website

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