Morgan Est has launched a initiative called the 100 Club which aims to address the skills shortage in civil engineering by encouraging more young people to take up a career in the industry.
Each year 100 young people aged 14 -15 years from 10 selected schools, which have a dedicated engineering department, will partner Morgan Est.
Participation will include mini engineering projects, site visits to large and complex projects, work experience and a two-day residential engineering course.
Five schools across the country have already been selected to join the pilot scheme. Ashlawn School and Science College, in Rugby, Great Sankey School, in Warrington, and Lilian Baylis School, in London, were introduced to the world of civil engineering at Severn Trent Water Treatment Works, United Utilities water treatment upgrade in Stockton Heath and Stratford City Developments respectively.
Danetre School Specialist Engineering College, in Daventry and Thomas Telford School, in Telford have also been selected.
Mark Cutler, managing director of Morgan Est, said: “This is a chance for youngsters with a passion for engineering to work with us throughout the remainder of their education and to gain as much support as they need in a career which is extremely rewarding.”
In the UK, in the 10 years up to 2008, the numbers of students opting for engineering courses remained almost static at 24,500 – dropping proportionately from 11 per cent to less than 8 per cent of university entrants. Less than half the engineering cohort chose to enter the engineering profession after graduating from college.
The 100 Club will start in September.