As part of its campaign to make young people more aware of the career opportunities within engineering, air management specialist, Mansfield Pollard is undertaking a number of initiatives with the staff and students at nearby Skipton Girls’ High School.
The business recently participated in the opening celebrations for Skipton Girls’ High Schools new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) innovation centre. The centre provides a state of the art learning environment that teaching staff will use to encourage student engagement in the subjects which make up STEM.
As part of the celebrations for the opening of the centre, the school organised an event showcasing some of its students’ work and also the work of some of its business partners, including Mansfield Pollard, who had members of its team present to talk to students about the work it undertakes.
Speaking about the event Mansfield Pollard’s MD, Joanna Robinson said: "We believe that we have a responsibility to educate and inspire students and motivate them to explore the varied and exciting career opportunities which the many disciplines within engineering have to offer.
“Engineering offers an amazingly diverse range of opportunities and we’re committed to encouraging students to make engineering their career choice and also to encouraging diversity within the sector.
“Current research shows that only 6% of the engineering workforce is female and that we’re facing a significant skills and talent gap, encouraging more young women to develop careers in engineering is a real imperative.
“In addition to participating in the opening celebrations we are building other links between the school and our engineers who this year will be working to provide some students with support on elements of their AS level qualification.”