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Academy event aims to inspire future Furness engineers

BAE Systems’ Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge played host to 350 year six children from schools across Furness.

The event, called Road to Engineering, was organised by a team of apprentices supported by the Engineering Function from BAE Systems along with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Barrow and District Association of Engineers (BDAE).

A group of BAE Systems engineers dressed as engineering pioneers from the past to lead groups of youngsters around a series of interactive workshops.

Barrow Island Primary School science lead Paul Alalouf said pupils were inspired and entertained by the variety of activities arranged. “This has been the best organised and most varied event I’ve attended. The organisers have worked hard to provide the kind of challenges which pupils today are looking to tackle. There was a real buzz about the whole event and we were delighted to see so many enjoy a taste of engineering.”

BAE Systems Apprentice Designer Jenny Bond was one of those organising the event and said it had exceeded their expectations. “It’s taken months to come up with the ideas, the route the schools would take through the exhibitions as well involve a wide number of staff from BAE Systems to take part. All were very keen to give their time and we really hope this has triggered interest in engineering among those who may well want to join our team in years to come.”

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