The Royal Academy of Engineering is pleased to announce a major new partnership with Boeing UK that will help improve UK school pupils’ experience of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in up to 40 state maintained secondary schools across the UK.

The partnership will enable the Academy to recruit four specialist STEM teachers over 2017-18 to work in up to 40 schools to support STEM teachers in delivering an engaging and inspiring curriculum. The specialist teachers will form part of the Academy’s highly-successful Connecting STEM Teachers programme established in 2011 and currently active in 550 schools across the UK.

The programme aims to create a national network of support for teachers across all STEM subjects, ensuring they have the knowledge and confidence to engage a greater number and wider spectrum of school students with STEM.

Boeing UK will also support the development of high quality STEM teaching and learning resources for use across the Connecting STEM Teachers network.

Dr Rhys Morgan, the Academy’s Director of Engineering and Education said: “the Academy is delighted to be partnering with Boeing UK in support of the Connecting STEM Teachers Programme, which during 2015-16 reached over 66,500 students in 550 schools across the UK. Boeing is a major presence in UK engineering and this is an exemplar investment in supporting the high-tech skills capabilities the country needs as it adjusts to the changed economic landscape. This partnership will help teachers to inspire greater numbers of young people to pursue STEM careers and help address the skills crisis faced by UK industry”.

Sir Michael Arthur, President, Boeing Europe and Managing Director, Boeing UK and Ireland said: “Both Boeing and the Royal Academy of Engineering have well-established track records of initiatives that work to engage young people with engineering.  We are proud to join with the Academy to support the Connecting STEM Teachers programme.  In industry we rely on highly-skilled young people choosing to work with us and innovative training and educational programmes that reach all areas of the UK are crucial to encourage grass-roots talent for the future workforce.”

Notes for editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession
  2. Boeing UK.  Boeing employs more than 2,000 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth.  In 2013 Boeing celebrated 75 years of partnership with the United Kingdom, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry.  Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners.  Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2015 was £1.8 billion ($2.65 billion) and the company supports 12,700 jobs in the tier one UK supply chain, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property.  For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @BoeingUK.

For more information, please contact:

Jo Trigg at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0684
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