Nationally and locally the number of students studying Science, Mathematics and Engineering and then following a career in these subjects is decreasing. The direct impact of this trend is that UK Industry is unable to find the employees that it needs to continue to produce world class products, systems, services and facilities; all of which are at the foundation of modern economy and society.
In order to promote and excite engineering as a future career, the William & Ellen Vinten Trust has worked with local upper schools and the Smallpeice Trust, to create the first “Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience Residential Course”. This was held at Culford School during Easter 2010 and was a great success. The course was delivered and managed by the Smallpeice Trust and follow their established and successful national Engineering Experience courses.
By providing a local course, the William and Ellen Vinten Trust was able to give 50 students a unique opportunity to understand what a professional career in Engineering could involve, so that they can make informed decisions about whether it could be the right career for them.