20 December 2016
At WYG we are proud of the work of our colleagues across the UK who are actively involved in promoting the industry to their communities by engaging with schools, colleges and universities.
As part of ‘Tomorrow’s engineers Week’, colleagues from our engineering team, Matthew Brayfield, Senior Consultant and Ian Andrew, Associate were among the four civil engineers taking part in the Science Fair on the closing day of the Festival, on Saturday 12th November 2016.
As members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Matthew and Ian joined their Regional Education Team, alongside The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the National STEM Learning Centre at the University of York which saw over 230 Year 8 and 9 students take part in a day of technical challenges.
Visitors to the fair were able to find out about all aspects of civil engineering and build skyscrapers using Lego at an interactive stand. As the weather was fine, visiting children and their parents helped to construct (and dismantle!) a large working model of a Bailey bridge in the courtyard.
The Bailey bridge was the brainchild of Yorkshire-born Sir Donald Bailey, a civil servant in the War Office. The inception of this type of bridge is attributed to the Allied Forces’ ability to cross many rivers destroyed by the retreating German forces at the end of World War II. Helping to construct and dismantle the model demonstrated the principles and advantages of the Bailey bridge during wartime use, and indeed in peace time to this day using the same principle – where the quick temporary crossing of an obstruction such as a river is required, without the need for a crane.
Ian Andrew, Associate, WYG said: “The ICE’s Bailey bridge activity perfectly suited the fair’s theme; it demonstrates science and engineering in an interesting and engaging way to people young and old. It was great to see people of all ages enthused by the bridge and learning a bit more about the history of this important engineering innovation.”
Meanwhile, our support of the Make the Grade campaign through Ahead Partnership continued as colleagues from our London office participated in a career’s event at Westminster City School. This follows various community involvements in Birmingham and London earlier in the year, and sets us up for work with pupils from the Abbey Grange Academy in Leeds.
As part of the careers event, our colleagues including Kate Hughes (planning), Panesh Parekh (engineering), Tish McDonald (project and cost management) and Alex Whittingham (marketing) spoke to students from years 8 and 11 and gave advice on what a career at WYG can offer.
Speaking after the event, Alex Whittingham, Employee Engagement and Communications Manager, WYG, said: “Giving careers advice to 12 and 16 year-olds can be very difficult as very few of them know what they want to do. It was a rewarding day and I was very impressed by one individual who asked us what advice we would give our teenage selves; follow your own path and don’t worry about what the future holds as your career can change in one conversation.”
Supporting education through ‘Make the Grade programme’