10 June 2016/Categories: Press Releases 2016
On 10 June 2016, the ECITB joined forces with other organisations to participate in the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Young Engineers and Science Clubs event at the Glasgow Science Centre. 500 young scientists, engineers and teachers from 60 Scottish Primary and Secondary schools showcased their projects to win coveted Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Awards run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC).
The ECITB, a leading skills organisation in Scotland has been working with Applus RTD and Fife College to develop a 3 minute STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) activity to promote career pathways in engineering construction and in particular careers in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).
Central to this STEM challenge was the participation of two NDT apprentices from Applus RTD. The apprentices led the challenge and gave a short brief to teams who then, within 3 minutes were expected to complete the two activities.
Evelyn Grogan, head of HR at Applus RTD said:
“This is a great opportunity for our apprentices to demonstrate the skills they have learned as part of their ECITB apprenticeship and promote themselves to the next generation of NDT Technicians”
In the challenge, the competing teams had to put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prior to moving the hoop along the wire and returning all PPE to the kit bag. The challenge was followed by questions about safety on site.
Applus RTD Apprentices Euan Rettie and Connor Bernard said 'this has been a great experience for us We've really enjoyed setting up and running the challenge, the students have had great fun doing the challenge as well as learning the value of wearing PPE to undertake certain tasks'.
Paul Hynd, account manager at the ECITB stressed the importance of the core message at the heart of the STEM challenge:
“Health and safety is a core focus for the ECITB and key to the engineering construction industry workforce and the challenge reflected that. It focused on the health and safety aspect of engineering construction sites and the need for it to become part of the daily routine. The apprentices conveyed this in an engaging and hands on way and that definitely helped to get the message across.”
Jane Martin, programme director for YESC said:
“The standard was extremely high this year. Schools have been working hard to push the boundaries and display their innovative thinking in a wide range of projects and competitions.
YESC continues to be a leading source of inspiration to support young people’s interest in STEM subjects at a grassroots level.”
The day was an excellent example of collaboration and visibility of the industry and the opportunities available. Nicky Inglis, head of department Engineering Technologies, Fife College said:
“Fife College is committed to supporting activities and experiences outside College that enhance student skills and knowledge. We were therefore delighted to work with Applus RTD to enable our students to take part in this STEM event and activity. The students enjoyed the experience and the skills they have gained will benefit them as they complete their apprenticeships and move on to further study or work.”
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Established in 1991, the ECITB’s mission is ‘Securing Engineering Construction Skills now and for the future’. The ECITB is the skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. The ECITB has a global footprint and supports clients in 18 countries, providing engineering and project delivery skills across the energy, processing and construction sectors. The ECITB works closely with employers and governments to attract develop and qualify engineering construction personnel in a wide range of craft, technical and professional skills and disciplines. Over the last 25 years the ECITB has supported 1.4 million learners. For more information please visit www.ecitb.org.uk