The Stoke Engineering Project has been launched today (Thursday) by the Royal Academy of Engineering. It aims to work with schools in the area to inspire the next generation of local engineers who will use their skills and imaginations to bring future prosperity to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

The project will provide funding to enhance and enrich the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum within six secondary schools and two further education colleges in Stoke-on-Trent and will work to promote engineering as an inspiring career choice to the next generation.

It will also set up a partnership of educators and representatives from local engineering employers to highlight the range of career opportunities available to students both locally and nationally.

The project launches today at the Sandon Business, Enterprise & Arts College, where students from schools and colleges taking part in the project will be undertaking a specially designed STEM challenge (designing a model racing wheelchair) and will share their results and thoughts with invited guests from schools, local industry and local government.

The UK needs 87,000 new high-skilled engineers and technologists for the next eight years to meet the demands of industry and support economic growth.

To help answer this demand, the Royal Academy of Engineering sets up projects like the Stoke Engineering Project to encourage more young people from a more diverse range of backgrounds to become engineers and technicians. The aim is to create enthusiasm and a stronger skills base through first-hand experience of engineering, visits to companies, real engineering projects, challenges and other extra-curricular activities. Building links between schools and local employers will help young people find out about the work opportunities in engineering in their area.

Professor Matthew Harrison, Director of Education Programmes at the Royal Academy of Engineering said:

“The Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted to launch yet another regional engineering project. Our award-winning work in London, Wales and Cumbria shows that brilliant engineering minds are found in schools and colleges around the UK. It is exciting to see who we will find in Stoke-on-Trent as they could be the inspiration and force for a transformation in the city. Engineering is vital to society and the economy, locally, regionally and nationally – we are proud to help Stoke produce more of its own engineering heroes just as it has done before.”

Notes for editors

Professor Harrison is available for interviews.

To take part to the event, contact Lynda Mann, 0207 766 0686, Email: Lynda Mann

1. Details of the event:

Thursday 07 November 2013, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Sandon Business, Enterprise & Arts College, Sandon Road, Meir, Stoke on Trent, ST3 7DF


1:00 Event Opens

1:00 – 2:00 Networking & opportunity to discuss STEM challenge with students

(lunch and refreshments will be provided)

2:00 – 2:30 Presentations

- Welcome Address & Introduction, Ms Karen Castrey, Headteacher, Sandon Business, Enterprise & Arts College

- Professor Matthew Harrison, Director of Engineering & Education, Royal Academy of Engineering

2. The schools already signed up to take part in the Stoke Engineering Project are: Sandon Business, Enterprise & Arts College, Stoke on Trent College, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, Trentham High School, City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College and Haywood Academy. Two more secondary schools will join the project shortly.

3. 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: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; Foster better education and skills; Lead the profession; Promote engineering at the heart of society.

For more information please contact

Giorgio De Faveri at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0655; email: Giorgio De Faveri