The Golden Apple Awards celebrate outstanding efforts and achievements in education and learning in Cumbria’s nurseries, schools, colleges, universities and businesses.

The Royal Academy of Engineering was delighted to receive a CN Group Golden Apple Award 2013 in Community Involvement for its Barrow Engineering Project initiative. The glitzy ceremony was held at Carlisle Racecourse on Friday 4th October 2013 at the presence of over 200 people from schools, colleges and other institutions.

The Barrow Engineering Project (BEP) is a major component of the Academy’s ongoing effort to encourage greater numbers of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds to become engineers and technicians.

Launched in April 2008, the BEP has provided over 25,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning opportunities to young people in 10 primary schools, 5 secondary schools and 2 colleges in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.

As part of its work in the community, the Academy has also supported the development of the Furness Education and Skills Partnership, a network of representatives from education and local employers.

The partnership works to develop resources to help meet the diverse skills needs of employers and the curriculum needs of schools. Through initiatives like teacher training days in local industries and STEM Challenge Days in schools, the partnership bridges the gaps between the two worlds.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Mrs Lynda Mann at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0686; email: Lynda Mann