21 July 2014
A group of local school pupils could be well on the way to engineering a future career for themselves after successfully completing a challenging day of work at a Leeds business.
Year 10 pupils from Abbey Grange C of E Academy on Butcher Hill visited multi-disciplinary consultancy, WYG, for a hands-on session to learn more about the world of engineering.
In addition to a tour of the WYG’s impressive head quarters, the students took part in a task to challenge their problem-solving capabilities. The two teams were briefed to plan, design, build and test a model truss bridge. In another task, students were challenged on their knowledge of renewable energy technology, and how it could be applied in the college.
Steve Huntley, Design Technology teacher, Abbey Grange Academy, said: “The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their visit to WYG. Having the opportunity to work and teams, get hands on experience and hear from the experts was a unique experience which will no doubt help them with their future academic choices.”
Victoria Watson, HR Operations Manager at WYG, added: “The event has been a fun way to give pupils insight into just a small element of the vast world of engineering and how it impacts their everyday lives.
“We actively support engineering education throughout the year and this kind of event can help to inspire future generations to become engineers. Who knows, some of group might be leading demonstrations for us to the next generation of students in years to come!”
The event was organised as part of the ‘Make The Grade’ initiative, a partnership between a secondary school, local employers and Ahead Partnership. The three year programme allows businesses to help pupils become better equipped to enter the world of work by raising their educational attainment.
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Notes to Editors
One of the top-ranking global consultancies employing around 1,300 people, WYG is behind some of the world’s most challenging projects. Our specialists provide expert advice and project management support services that are helping to shape landscapes, infrastructure, society and culture in the developed and developing world.
We advise on planning and transport, provide engineering and environmental services, consult on waste and resource management, and deliver support to enable economic and social reform.
By engaging with clients at an early stage we ensure that decisions are made which will maximise a project’s potential and deliver our client’s strategic objectives. In turn, this builds strong and lasting relationships with clients in each of our seven core sectors:
Defence & Justice; Energy & Waste; Environment (including waste and waste water); Transport; Commercial Development & Urban Regeneration; Mining & Metals; Social Development & Infrastructure
WYG has an international presence with offices throughout the UK, and in Eastern Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, and South Africa.